# Watt's Law

**Watt's Law**, sometimes called the **Power Law**, describes the relationship between power ($P$), current ($I$), and voltage ($V$), so that power is defined as:

$P=IV$

Given tha values for any two variables, we solve for the third so that **voltage**, electrical potential energy, is defined as:

$V=P/I$

And current, which is the flow of electricity, is defined as:

$I=P/V$

## Power and Watts

**Power** is measured in watts. One **watt** ($W$) is equal to one joule ($J$) per second ($s$), or $W = \frac{J}{s}$. Another way to put it is, a watt is the amount of electricity required to accelerate 1kg by 1 meter per second squared (a joule) over 1 second. In other words, a watt is "how much work can be done per second".

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## History

The terms watt and Watt's Law are named after James Watt, best known for his work to improve the steam engine.

## Broader Topics Related to Watt's Law (Power Law)

### Current and Amperes

The flow of electricity, measured in amps

### Electricity

Energy that results from charged particles

### Power (Physics)

Energy that results from charged particles

### International System of Units (SI)

Formal terms and definitions of the metric system

### Voltage and Volts

Electrical potential energy, measured in volts