# Reply To: unit 3 quiz reset. also question #7

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Susan Brown
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I assume you mean P=I*E

If you do that equation, when you are just trying to find the heat (P) generated by one of the two loads, then E has to be the voltage dropped just by that load, not the entire E of the circuit.

It’s easier, in my opinion, to use a different formula for P. First find the circuit current, I, which is straightforward because you know the source voltage and the total resistance in the circuit. Then you can use a formula for P that just uses current and R of the load of interest.

We used this technique to calculate the heat generated by a loose connection that was in series with an element at the end of Unit 3, if you want to review that.

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