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The following is a collection of math formulas that can prove useful.
Watts = Volts * Amps
Amps = Watts / Volts
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Sine Wave (VAC):
RMS Volts = 0.707 x Peak Volts
RMS Volts = 1.11 x Average Volts
Peak Volts = 1.57 x Average Volts
Peak Volts = 1.414 x RMS Volts
Average Volts = 0.637 x Peak Volts
Average Volts = 0.9 x RMS Volts
After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?
DC voltage drop of conductor (cable) of L length
V = voltage drop, I = current
R = resistance of conductor per 1000 feet
L = length of conductor in feet
R for 18awg = 6.51, 16awg = 4.09, 14awg = 2.58
12awg = 1.62, 10awg = 1.02, 8awg = 0.64
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Hungry." - unknown
V = I * L * (R / 1000) * 1.004
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inches = millimeters / 25.4
millimeters = inches * 25.4
feet = meters / 0.3048
meters = feet * 0.3048
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footcandles = lux / 10.8
lux = footcandles * 10.8
Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn't live there.
Centigrade = 0.556 * (Fahrenheit - 32)
Fahrenheit = 1.8 * (Centigrade + 32)
I went for a walk last night, and my kids asked me how long I'd be gone. I said, "The whole time."
pounds = kilograms * 2.205
kilograms = pounds * 0.454
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sophisticated technology in the world, who everyone calls on to get the really tough jobs done
quickly and efficiently." - unknown
degrees = 180 * radians / PI
radians = PI * degrees /180
Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?
pattern projection magnification and required pattern size:
A = new pattern size, B = old pattern size,
C = new projection size, D = old projection size
P = projection magnification
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for standard AQ61 (or Altman 360Q) ellipsoidals, consider old pattern size to be 3" (size of gate), and old projection size to be the beam spread using the field angle information. Check diameter of gate (shutter plane opening) for other fixtures.
A = B * (C/D)
P = D / B
distances, intensities, spreads, and angles:
As seen in the above drawing:
D = throw distance, V = vertical height, H = horizontal distance,
C = focus angle off horizontal, K = focus angle off vertical,
F = beam or field angle of fixture
X = beam spread (beam oval width), Y = beam oval length
mf = beam spread multiplying factor
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Footcandles = Candlepower / (D * D)
So what's the speed of dark?
Candlepower = Footcandles * (D * D)
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beam angle multiplying factor (mf):
mf = 2 * TAN(F / 2)
mf = X / D
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beam angle (F):
F = 2 * ATAN(mf / 2)
F = 2 * ATAN(X / (2 * D) )
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beam spread (oval width X if not straight on):
X = D * (2 * TAN(F / 2))
X = D * mf
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beam oval length (Y) (when beam hits surface at angle):
Y = V * ( TAN(K + F/2) - TAN(K - F/2) )
throw distance (D):
D = X / mf
D = SQUARE ROOT( (V * V) + (H * H) )
D = H / COS(C)
D = V / SIN(C)
D = H / SIN(K)
D = V / COS(K)
D = SQUARE ROOT(Candlepower / Footcandles)
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horizontal distance (H):
H = SQUARE ROOT( (D * D) - (V * V) )
H = V / TAN(C)
H = D * COS(C)
H = D * SIN(K)
H = V * TAN(K)
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vertical height (V):
V = SQUARE ROOT( (D * D) - (H * H) )
V = H * TAN(C)
V = D * SIN(C)
V = D * COS(K)
V = H / TAN(K)
focus angle off horizontal (C):
C = ATAN(V / H)
C = ASIN(V / D)
C = 90 - ASIN(H / D)
C = 90 - K
focus angle off vertical (K):
K = ATAN(H / V)
K = ASIN(H / D)
K = 90 - ASIN(V / D)
K = 90 - C