Is electric potential and electrical potential energy refering to the same thing? I think i might have them mixed up


No. The electric potential energy $U_q$ of a charge $q$ is the electric potential $\phi$ at that point in space, multiplied by the charge:


You can think of electric potential as electric potential energy per unit of charge. And think of electric potential as something that exists at every point, regardless of whether there is a charge there to have electric potential energy or not.

Another way to remember this is by analogy: electric potential energy is to electric potential as electric force is to electric field.

  • $\begingroup$ Awesome thanks! Really cleared things up! $\endgroup$ – Fred Weasley May 26 at 5:34
  • $\begingroup$ Glad to be of help. $\endgroup$ – G. Smith May 26 at 5:41

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