Potential energy is the energy of a body or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system.

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Potential Energy [closed]

I really need help with this homework question. I thought the function very stranger to be a function of a potential energy. It´s seems to be like Lennard Jonnes pontential energy function. Am I ...
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What is the relation between ‘Electric Potential’ and ‘Electric Potential Energy’?

What is the relation between ‘Electric Potential’ and ‘Electric Potential Energy’?
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Potential vs Potential Difference for a line charge

How would I calculate potential for an infinite line of charge a distance 'r' away from it? What does the reference point for potential difference mean? I know delta v = Q/(2pi*epsilon0*L)*ln(r2/r1) ...
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Gravitational binding energy of 2D circle [closed]

I'm interested in calculating the gravitational binding energy for an object modelled by 2D circle for a small collision simulator. In the simulation, I'm using a 2D equivalents of 3D properties (e.g ...
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Finding the work done to fill the tank by pumping water over the edge? [closed]

I am really confused on how to approach the following question and how to set it up. So the question is: An open tank has the shape of a frustrum of a right circular cone. The tank is ...
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Flow from higher potential region to lower potential region

In Thermodynamics, it is said that heat transfer takes place from higher temperature to lower temperature. Things having higher temperature have higher potential energy because of more vibratory ...
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Calculate the amount by which the centre of a circular lake is depressed by the centrifugal force [closed]

This the problem that I intend to solve: The water in a circular lake of radius 1 km in latitude 60° is at rest relative to the Earth. Find the depth by which the centre is depressed relative to ...
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Why do we never account for the extra mass carried by a gravitationally excited object?

The mass of a bound system is the mass of its part minus the binding energy. For instance if you put an electron and a proton together to form a hydrogen atom you get a $13.6 \text{ eV}$ photon and ...
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Why is a satellite's GPE negative? [duplicate]

Okay, so the formula for Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) of satellites is: $$ U=-GmM/d$$ Mass and distance can't be negative, and $G$ is constant that is not negative. Why is a satellite's GPE ...
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How does the tension force of a massless string affect the speed of a mass on its end?

i,j, and k are the unit vectors in the following question, and $\omega$ is the angular velocity. Lets say you have a mass m attached to a mass-less string of length $L$ tied to a peg with no ...
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Why does $\omega = \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$?

I know that in an equation such that $$\ddot{x} + \omega^2x = 0,$$ the angular frequency $ = \omega$. But why is that ever $ \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$? (where $x_0$ is the equilibrium point). I just saw ...
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Confused about potential energy problem

So I am trying to solve this problem: On spring hangs a 2 kg block. Spring stiffness coefficient is 400 N/m. How much spring expanded? My attempt to solve it: ...
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Work done when applying an electric field?

On these example questions from MIT in the solution to 4.1 they write the work done by applying the electric field to be: $$W=V_0 \int \vec E \cdot d \vec D$$ Where does this equation come from and ...
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How to compute Gravitational potential energy

Find the potential energy of a system of four particles placed at the vertices of a square of side $\ell$. Also obtain the potential at the centre of the square. In the question above can ...
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Work done by gravitational force!

Suppose a ball is $10m$ high from the ground. It will have $E_p = 10mg$. Now, if the ball falls freely then we know $E_k$ will be $0.5mv^2 = E_p$. But it is said that the work done by a force will ...
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Work done against gravity comes out positive

Given two points in 3-space, $A = (9, 1, 5)$ and $B=(2,8,7)$, the work done by the gravitational field $\bf{F}$ when an object is moved from point $A$ to point $B$ comes out positive, even though it ...
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Electric field for concentric spheres

I have a couple clarifying questions: (A) in $E=kq/r^2$ for the area between a sphere inside another spherical shell, the sphere inside is considered a point charge. However, the sphere inside has a ...
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Can the electric or gravitational potential be discontinuous? Why?

I was solving the Laplace's equation for the charger thin spherical shell and noticed that the field is discontinuous at the surface (inside it is zero and outside it is proportional to $1/r^2$) but ...
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Why doesn't the volume integral vanish?

I am reading Galactic Dynamics by Binney and Termaine, and I'm struggling with the following passage. According to Poisson's equation the resulting change in potential $\delta\Phi(\mathbf x)$ ...
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Why isn't the work minus the potential energy when bringing a charge in from infinity?

This is an example in my physics textbook, and there is just one step that I don't understand. Two point charges are located on the x-axis, $q_1 = -e$ at $x = 0$ and $q_2 = +e$ at $x=a$. Find ...
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Does the rest mass energy include the potential energy of the particle?

The potential energy (as far as I have studied - that is, mainly classical physics) depends on the reference level, since its absolute value cannot be calculated. It can therefore be negative as well. ...
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Hamiltonian of coupled oscillators

Let's say I have a system of coupled oscillators which are described by the coordinates $\{x_1,...,x_N\}$ and $\{\dot{x}_1,...,\dot{x}_N\}$. The equation of motion for each oscillator is $$\ddot{x}_n ...
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Gravitational potential and intensity

Why don't we calculate gravitational field/intensity of a point due to a disc directly? We first calculate the potential then calculate the field by differentiating with respect to $dr$. Why don't we ...
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Potential Energy in a System and its Relation to the Total Energy

In this answer it was stated that potential energy is a property of a system and not an individual particle. If we have two particles (1 and 2) interacting via a conservative force, we can write an ...
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Lagrange: when a potential force, when a generalized force?

Consider the following case of a drum unrolling a mass that is on a massless string wrapped around the drum: According to my professor, here we must consider the mass $m$ being in a gravitational ...
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How do I found the Kinetic Energy of a mass being lifted?

I did an experiment where I lifted a mass and measured the force. I know the change in height, the mass, and the work of the pull. How can I use the work-kinetic energy theorem to find the final and ...
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Potential Energy of two masses

If two particles with masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ interact and are located at $\vec{s_1}$ and $\vec{s_2}$ have their potential energy $U$ defined by the modulus of their position vectors, how would I ...
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Gravitational PE lost v Elastic PE gained in mass - spring

If a spring has a load $m$ added to it (and so is extended by $x$), the gravitational potential energy lost by the mass will be $mgx$. The elastic potential energy gained by the spring is ...
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Multiple Definition For Gravitational Potential Energy?

This may just be a simple Misconception Question, here goes: Definition for Gravitational Potential Energy: The work done by gravity to pull an object to the ground. ...
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What has the potential energy: the spring or the body on the spring?

Particles have gravitational potential energy due to its position in the gravitational field. We say the particle has potential energy and not the Earth (the body doing the work). Why is it not the ...
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Work done by a non-conservative force and change in potential energy

I know that the work done by a non-conservative force is equal to the change in total mechanical energy (from Work-Energy Theorem). But I read in a place that "Non-conservative forces don't affect ...
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A question on Rolly polly dolls

I was reading on rolly-polly dolls when the following questions crept into my mind How exactly does center of gravity play a role which helps rolly-polly doll to stand up on its own? Can a ...
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What is meant by saying the work done by a conservative force is -(change in PE)?

I read through all related questions, and they are almost the same, but I still didn't understand this and so am asking again. What is meant when we say that the work done by conservative force is = ...
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Why isn't energy stored in a capacitor equal to just $QV$ when it is fully charged? [duplicate]

I just learned that the energy stored in a capacitor is electrostatic potential energy. Also potential energy is a state function and is independent of the path. So, when the capacitor is fully ...
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Strain energy density (potential energy of elastic continua)

This question has to do with writing down the potential energy of an elastic body, which obeys a generalized Hooke's law [; \sigma_{ik} = \sum_{klm} \lambda_{iklm} u_{lm} ;] Where $\sigma$ is the ...
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Is potential energy frame dependent in special relativity?

In newtonian mechanics, As far as I'm aware, only kinetic energy is dependent on frames of reference, since kinetic energy is a function of velocity(squared) and velocity is dependent on frames of ...
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Where does the energy go when you stretch a rubber band?

There is resistance when you stretch a rubber band. That makes sense to me because the energy you exert is turned into potential energy of the rubber band, but if you hold the rubber band in the same ...
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How far up an object is its gravitational potential energy taken from? [closed]

This is quite a brief question but, Is the $h$ value in $mgh$ taken from an object's base, middle of top. For example, if a person was $1.5m$ in height and they were standing on a hill of height ...
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Is there an example of a situation where you need a continuous spectrum?

If you had a hydrogen atom you could say that you want to be able to ionize them. But if you then add the potential due to the earth, e.g. ...
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Rolling down an arbitrary hill with friction

I had in mind this physical situation of a point mass rolling down a hill of some arbitrary shape ($y=y(x)$, for instance a parabola about $x=0$), with a peculiar friction force whose "expended work" ...
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Work done by flow of a fluid

I'm looking at the power a flow of steam in a turbine. I originally assumed that the kinetic energy of a moving section of steam was equal to (let $V$ be volume, $\rho$ be density, and $v$ be velocity ...
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Question about defining potential energy of a magnetic dipole placed in a magnetic field

We know that magnetic field is a non-conservative field, since it exists in closed loops. Then how can we define the potential energy of a magnetic dipole placed in a magnetic field ?
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What is minimum total energy?

I thought that the energy for a system is constant. But in a question in my physics book we have been asked to determine the minimum total energy from a graph of potential energy vs position? What ...
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Can't a hydrogen electron have net positive energy?

This page http://www.physicspages.com/2011/06/07/hydrogen-atom-series-solution/ is the 2nd half of a solution to the hydrogen atom Schrödinger equation. They derive that $E = -1/n^2 *$ (bunch of ...
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How to solve this energy problem using trends related to impulse and momentum? [closed]

The question runs a 1kg block moves with a speed of 10 m/s. It strikes a spring that has a spring constant of 25 N/m. Determine the maximum compression of spring. The energy way of solving ...
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On the connection between forces and the principle of stationary action

Feynman tries to account for the relation between the principle of stationary action, which is a statement about the whole path of a particle, and Newton's second law, which is a statement about the ...
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Slingshot Energy into traveled distance [closed]

If I have a slingshot and I am told that when pulled it has about $E$ joules of energy, how do I compute the height at which an object of mass $m$ would travel if the slingshot is released in the ...
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Of the two variables (Q and V) in the equation of capacitor energy, which is better to take the average of?

$U_c = \frac{1}{2}QV$ I understand from the graph which it should be one half but not quarter, or taking the average of both. But it doesn't really matter to me which variable is on y or x axis? ...
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What is the definition of potential energy? [duplicate]

I have problems with this equation: $$U_G ~=~ G\frac{m_1m_2}{r}.$$ It's for potential energy of say something placed on Earth. But it intrigues me. $r$ is the distance from the very center of the ...
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Why is the equation for electric potential energy so counter-intuitive?

The equation: $U_E = Vq$ or $(Eq)d$. This works the same way as the equation for gravitational potential energy: $mgh$ But to me, for charges of different signs, the potential energy also varies. ...