If anything is at a ground level then does it have potential energy? Since the formula for potential energy requires height and height is zero in this case, so is potential energy zero in this case?
Now in the next scenario: I am at my bungalow and there is a room upstairs 10 ft above the ground floor. On this room upstairs I have kept a book on the floor. Does the book have potential energy even though it is at the floor of the room upstairs. Mass of the book is 1 kg.
So will the potential energy of the book be 1 kg x 9.8 m/s2 x 10 ft= 98 Joules.
Or will the potential energy be zero since it is at the floor of this room that is upstairs?