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Gravitational Energy

  1. Apr 2, 2003 #1
    What is gravatational energy?
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2003 #2

    chroot

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    There is no such thing as 'gravitational energy.'

    There is, however, a quantity called gravitational potential energy, which is just the energy released when a mass moves from some initial height to a lower height. In other words, it's a measure of how much energy will be released when you drop a brick on your toe.

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  4. Apr 2, 2003 #3

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    it's a measure of how much energy will be released when you drop a brick on your toe.

    Would that be the "ouch" factor? :wink:

    *Yes, I know that was bad.*
     
  5. Apr 3, 2003 #4

    Eh

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    Perhaps you mean gravity waves?
     
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