Gravitational Potential Energy

Consider lifting an object of mass m through a distance h,

To just lift the object, we must exert a force of F = m g.

In lifting it a distance h, we do work equal to

W = F s

W = ( m g ) (h)

W = m g h

The object can now do that much work as it falls back to its original position; this is Potential Energy,

PEg = m g h


Ug = m g h

Potential Energy

Elastic Potential Energy
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