# Calculating electrical power

### Pathway to identify what

Before you set out to calculate power, it's helpful to identify what you hope to calculate. There are four calculations, each of which is a pathway

for the power.

Whenever power is shifted using an electrical circuit, expect to find an electrical pathway: the pathway is electrical working

.

Power in the electrical working pathway.

### Trade-off for how much

Both voltage or potential difference and current set the power in the electrical pathway. So you can get a high power either by choosing a high current or a high potential difference—there is a trade-off.

Since both force and velocity can be negative, so the power can also be negative.