Model  Power @ 25%  Power @ 50%  Power @75 %  Power @ 100%  
MacBook Pro (mid2012, 15 inch w/ Retina Display  
Volts  117  116.6  116.8  117.2  
Amps  0.542  0.546  0.564  0.603  
Watts  11.2  12.2  14.4  18.5  
Apple MacBook Pro (13inch, mid2012)  *Could this computer be affected by viruses?*  
Volts  118.8  119  119.1  119.4  
Amps  0.908  0.923  0.936  0.961  
Watts  44.3  44.6  45.9  48.3  
Apple MacBook Pro (13inch, mid 2009)  
Volts  119.3  119.1  119.2  119  
Amps  0.54  0.544  0.555  0.582  
Watts  10  10.9  11.9  14.4  
MacBook Air (mid 2012, 13inch)  
Volts  117.3  117.3  117.1  116.9  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0  0.1  0.1  0  
MacBook Pro (mid 2012, 15inch)  
Volts  116.9  116.9  116.9  117.2  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0.1  0  0  0  
MacBook Pro (mid 2012, 15 inch)  
Volts  117  117.1  117.2  0  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0.1  0.1  0  0  
MacBook Pro (2010, 13inch)  
Volts  115.8  115.9  116  116  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0  0  0.1  0  
MacBook Pro (mid2012, 13inch)  
Volts  115  115  115.3  115.2  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0  0  0  0  
MacBook Pro w/retina (mid2012, 13inch)  
Volts  115.3  115.4  115.4  115.4  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0  0.1  0  0.1  
MacBook Pro (late 2011, 13inch)  
Volts  115.4  115.4  115.3  115.4  
Amps  0  0  0  0  
Watts  0  0  0.1  0  
MacBook Pro (13inch, summer 2012)  
Volts  115.4  116.6  116.2  115.6  
Amps  0.556  0.578  0.582  0.587  
Watts  8.8  9.8  9.4  12.5  
MacBook (summer 2008, 13inch)  *Molly’s Computer Exhibits Very High Power Usage. She may want to check for viruses.*  
Volts  115.6  115.5  115.6  115.7  
Amps  0.641  0.655  0.668  0.685  
Watts  44.4  46.6  47.1  55.3  
MacBook Air (summer 2012,13inch)  *High Power Usage*  
Volts  116  115.9  115.9  115.7  
Amps  0.43  0.733  0.739  0.745  
Watts  32  51.6  52.2  52.7  
MacBook Air (summer 2012, 13inch)  
Volts  115.6  115.7  115.6  115.7  
Amps  0.373  0.368  0.337  0.384  
Watts  24.6  26.6  26.6  28.3  
MacBook Air (mid 2011, 11inch)  
Volts  116.7  116.6  116.7  116.9  
Amps  0.536  0.543  0.549  0.561  
Watts  9.9  10.7  11.2  12.9  
Every Laptop that we tested is some variation of Apple’s MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Since Apple does not have specific “model numbers” for their laptops, we indicated the time that the laptop was released and the size of the screen. The data was taken using our Watt’s Up Pro’s supplied by Prof. Magnes. Electrical power is measured in wattage, which is equal to the voltage (volts) multiplied by the current (amperes). Amps are equal to the amount of electrical charge passing through a circuit per unit of time, with 6.241x 10^18 electrons per second being equal to one ampere. We measured the watts, amperes, and volts of each laptop with screen brightness at 100%, 75%, 50%, and 25%. Each laptop had every application closed except for Safari’s homepage, which was what was on the display for every measurement. There are some glitches in the current data. Tori’s Watt’s Up Pro gave measurements of approximately 0 for both amps and watts for a reason that is still under investigation. It is possible that the device was not configured correctly for reading current, as power = voltage x current, and a zero value for current would cause a calculated wattage to be zero as well. Some laptops, including Molly’s 2008 MacBook and the 13inch mid 2012 MacBook Pro gave very high readings for watts and amps. We are considering possibilities for this outlying data, including the chance that viruses are causing the computers to run less efficiently or dysfunctional batteries. We will graph the data for each type of laptop, but it is clear from our data tables that increasing brightness consistently increases power usage. This is consistent with our original hypothesis. Amps also increase consistently, but voltage does not vary directly according to screen brightness. This makes sense since voltage is only the electric potential difference between two points.References:
December 2010 – By Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl – Brooks/Cole, CENGAGE Learning – 2010.12.17 – Hardback – 1,038 pages – ISBN 0840065329 
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Group 3 Project Plan
Roles:
Each member of the group will collect the same amount of data. We will each analyze 7 Apple Brand laptops. The laptops we examine will be MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs from 2008 onward. We will then all work together to analyze the collected data through the use of graphs. From our analysis we will collectively write a conclusion explaining our results.
List of Equipment and Supplies:

WattsUp? Pro (3)

Apple Laptops (21)
Science and Technology:
Through the use of the WattsUp? Pro, we will determine the the power usage of different laptops using different brightness configurations. Since power=energy/time, we will determine how much energy the laptops use of a period of one hour by using the WattsUp? Pro’s energy measuring capabilities. This information is extremely applicable to daily life because it can be used to calculate how much it will cost to run a laptop on different brightness levels, as well as how rapidly the laptop’s battery will be exhausted based on its brightness. This can help users decide how much battery they can actually save by lowering brightness and adjust the brightness levels to their needs.
Activity Plan:
The first part of our project will be to collect the data about the laptops’ screen brightness. Each member of the group will collect the same amount of data using the WattsUp? Pro. We will each record the power usage of Apple Laptops, including MacBook Pros and Airs of different models, at approximately 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% brightness and then combine our data into one aggregate. We will collect our data during the week of 9/239/28, and then meet the following week (9/3010/5) to combine and analyze our data. We will finalize our project and draw conclusions from our analysis during the week of 10/7.
Expected Outcomes:
We expect that lowering the brightness of the screen will significantly decrease the battery consumption on every laptop that we test. We anticipate that lowering the brightness will decrease battery consumption at a consistent ratio.
Group 3 Abstract
Our group will perform data collection using the WattsUpPro device to determine the battery usage of different laptops at different screen brightness levels. We will use the laptops of our peers to get a sampling of a variety of different models of MacBook laptops, since this is the most widely used laptop on campus. Our goal is to determine how much changing the brightness level actually effects battery consumption and if it is worth it to lower brightness and cause unwanted eye strain.We expect that lowering the brightness will decrease battery consumption at a consistent ratio. We want to determine how much different screen brightness levels actually affect how quickly a laptop battery will die.