Potential Energy

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

energy PE KE MEPotential energy, abbreviated as PE, also called gravitational potential energy, is the possessed energy by a body due to its relative position in a gravitational field.  As the elevation of the body decreases the less potential energy.


Potential energy formula

\(\large{ PE = m \; g \; h }\) 


 Units English Metric
\(\large{ PE }\) = potential energy \(\large{ lbf-ft }\)  \(\large{ J }\)
\(\large{ g }\) = gravity \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec^2}}\)  \(\large{\frac{m}{s^2}}\) 
\(\large{ h }\) = height \(\large{ ft }\) \(\large{ m }\)
\(\large{ m }\) = mass \(\large{ lbm }\) \(\large{ kg }\)


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