Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same?

So in summary, gravitational potential energy is a type of potential energy, along with other forms such as stored mechanical energy, chemical energy, and electrical energy. They are all ways of storing energy that can be converted into other forms of energy.
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Rohit Mallya
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Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??

Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??:confused:
Please help me...!
 
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Rohit Mallya said:
Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same..??:confused:
Please help me...!

Gravitational potential energy is one form of potential energy. Can you think of some other examples of potential energy?
 
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hmm...
Compressed spring...!
water stored in a tank...!
 
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Rohit Mallya said:
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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other examples..??
 
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Rohit Mallya said:
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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chemical energy.
 
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Rohit Mallya said:
chemical energy.

Good. The other one I was thinking of is electrical, like the potential energy associated with a voltage.
 
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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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Rohit Mallya said:
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.
 

Related to Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy same?

1. What is potential energy?

Potential energy is the energy that an object possesses due to its position or configuration. It is the energy that an object has stored within itself and can be converted into other forms of energy.

2. What is gravitational potential energy?

Gravitational potential energy is a type of potential energy that is associated with an object's position in a gravitational field. It is the energy that an object has due to its position relative to other objects, such as the Earth.

3. Are potential energy and gravitational potential energy the same thing?

No, they are not the same thing. Potential energy is a broad term that includes various types of potential energy, such as gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy, and chemical potential energy. Gravitational potential energy is a specific type of potential energy that is caused by the gravitational force between objects.

4. How is gravitational potential energy calculated?

The formula for calculating gravitational potential energy is PE = mgh, where PE is the potential energy, m is the mass of the object, g is the acceleration due to gravity, and h is the height of the object above the ground.

5. How is potential energy related to work?

Potential energy is related to work through the principle of conservation of energy. According to this principle, the total energy of a system remains constant, and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. When work is done on an object, its potential energy increases, and when work is done by an object, its potential energy decreases.

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