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Does everything have potential energy?

  1. Oct 8, 2012 #1
    Do all physical objects at rest or in motion have PE?
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2012 #2
    Potential is a function of any field so if a material is in a force field then it must have some potential
     
  4. Oct 8, 2012 #3
    Indeed.

    Everything has potential energy. Whether in motion or not.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2012 #4

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    Energy is relative.

    Two objects on a table have PE with respect to the floor but not with respect to each other (if we ignore the very small gravitational attraction between them).
     
  6. Oct 8, 2012 #5
    it is not true for every case . If a body is moving it only has kinetic energy but if is in motion in a force field it will have potential energy also
     
  7. Oct 8, 2012 #6
    Interesting.
     
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