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Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..?

by Rohit Mallya
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Rohit Mallya
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Oct21-09, 07:22 PM
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Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??
Please help me...!!!
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Oct21-09, 07:26 PM
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Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??
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Gravitational potential energy is one form of potential energy. Can you think of some other examples of potential energy?
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Oct21-09, 08:24 PM
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hmm....
Compressed spring...!!!
water stored in a tank...!!

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Oct21-09, 08:29 PM
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hmm....
Compressed spring...!!!
water stored in a tank...!!
Correct on the spring. The water's PE is gravitational in nature.

There are still a couple others...
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Oct21-09, 08:32 PM
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other examples..??
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Oct21-09, 10:26 PM
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other examples..??
Think!

Think of energy. What forms of energy are there? You've identified gravitational and stored mechanical (spring) energy -- what other ways are there to store energy?
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Oct22-09, 09:44 AM
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chemical energy.
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Oct22-09, 12:27 PM
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chemical energy.
Good. The other one I was thinking of is electrical, like the potential energy associated with a voltage.
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Oct23-09, 09:04 AM
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So Sir you mean to tell that gravitational potential energy and potential energy are proportional to each other?
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Oct23-09, 01:03 PM
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So Sir you mean to tell that gravitational potential energy and potential energy are proportional to each other?
Gravitational potential energy is onve form of potential energy. There are other forms of potential energy, as we've discussed.


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