Electrical Potential Energy and Electric Potential

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Haynes Kwon
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Hi.

Getting straight to the point, what is the difference between electrical potential energy and electric potential?
Please be as specific as you can.

Thank you.
 

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Hi.

Getting straight to the point, what is the difference between electrical potential energy and electric potential?
Please be as specific as you can.

Thank you.
Electric potential energy relates to the electrical potential energy of an amount of charge....units are Joules
Electric potential is the electrical potential energy of unit charge (1 coulomb) units are joules per coulomb
In the same way gravitational potential energy refers to the gravitational energy of an object whereas gravitational potential refers to the potential energy of 1kg.....difference is very subtle but important
 
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