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Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same?

  1. Oct 21, 2009 #1
    Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??:confused:
    Please help me...!!!
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2009 #2

    berkeman

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    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    Gravitational potential energy is one form of potential energy. Can you think of some other examples of potential energy?
     
  4. Oct 21, 2009 #3
    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    hmm....
    Compressed spring...!!!
    water stored in a tank...!!
     
  5. Oct 21, 2009 #4

    berkeman

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    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    Correct on the spring. The water's PE is gravitational in nature.

    There are still a couple others...
     
  6. Oct 21, 2009 #5
    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    other examples..??
     
  7. Oct 21, 2009 #6

    berkeman

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    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    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?
     
  8. Oct 22, 2009 #7
    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    chemical energy.
     
  9. Oct 22, 2009 #8

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    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    Good. The other one I was thinking of is electrical, like the potential energy associated with a voltage.
     
  10. Oct 23, 2009 #9
    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    So Sir you mean to tell that gravitational potential energy and potential energy are proportional to each other?
     
  11. Oct 23, 2009 #10

    berkeman

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    Re: Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

    Gravitational potential energy is onve form of potential energy. There are other forms of potential energy, as we've discussed.
     
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