Energy and Power Signal

Hi friends, in this tutorial we are going to learn about Energy and Power signal in Signals and Systems.

Energy and Power Signal


A) Power Signals


There are three power signals:

  1. Instantaneous power

  2. normalized power

  3. Average normalized power


Let's see each type one by one.

Instantaneous power


An instantaneous power across resistor R is given by



Here V is the voltage across the resistor R. Let us consider that this voltage is represented by x(t) then above equation becomes



Similarly, in terms of current, we can write,



If we say current is denoted by x(t), then we can get


Normalized power


Every time we don't know if x(t) is a current signal or voltage signal. therefore to make power equation independent of nature of x(t), we will normalize it by putting R = 1, thus the equation 2) and 4) becomes


Average normalized power


average normalized power is given by,



  • Here magnitude of x(t) is written so this equation is also applicable if x(t) is complex

  • Integration is taken from -T0/2 to T0/2 that is it means, it is from entire time period T0

  • Considering T0 as average value, integration term is multiplied by 1/T0


Based on all the above equations we can define power signal as below

Definition of Power Signal




A signal x(t) is said to be power signal is its normalized average power is non-zero and finite. thus for the power signals the normalized average power, P is finite and non-zero.

For the discrete time signals, average power P is given by,



In above equation, it is expected that N>>1

B) Energy Signal


The total normalized energy for a real signal x(t) is given by



but if the signal x(t) is complex then we can write above equation as


Definition of energy signal


A signal x(t) is said to be an energy signal if its normalized energy is non-zero and finite. Hence for the energy signals, the total normalized energy (E) is non-zero and finite.

The energy of discrete time signal is denoted by E, it is given by,



You can remember the conditions for Energy and Power signal using below table.


Power of the energy signals


Let us consider, x(t) is an energy signal. i.e. x(t) has a finite non-zero energy. let us calculate the power of x(t). By definition, explained in equation no. 6) the power of x(t) is given by





Therefore we can say that the power of energy signal is zero over a finite time.

Energy of a power signal


Let us consider, x(t) be a power signal. The normalized energy of this signal is given by,



This equation can be written as,



Therefore we can say that energy of a power signal is infinite over a finite time.

Comparison of Energy and Power Signals























Power SignalsEnergy Signals
1. The signal having finite non-zero power are called as Power Signals1. The signals having finite non-zero energy are called as energy signals
2. Almost all the periodic signals in practice are power signals2. Almost all the nonperiodic signals are energy signals
3. ower signals can exist over an infinite time. They are not time-limited3. Energy signals exist over a short period of time. They are time limited
4. The energy of a power signal is infinite4. Power of an energy signal is zero

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