# Energy created by falling object

1. Dec 20, 2005

### Greg E

If there is a 1.36 kg weight falling .1524 meters,
how many joules are created when the object reachs the end of the .1524 meters. How do you calculate this?
I came up with 2.032 joules which is .20723 kg meters which I think is enough power to lift 1.36 kg .1524 meters which is the same as where I started and that cannot be correct because a falling object has more power than the same object standing still.
Thanks,
Greg

2. Dec 20, 2005

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
This seems like a homework problem from Introductory Physics.

However, an object falling implies falling due to gravity. What one has is a conversion/transformation from gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy.

Taking the acceleration of gravity to be constant, the change in gravitational potential energy is mg$\Delta h$, where $\Delta h$ is the change in elevation.