Gravitational Potential energy

In summary, gravitational potential energy is the work done against gravity to move a mass from one point to another. It is defined only in relation to another point, and the potential energy at a certain position is equal to the work done against gravity in moving the body from that point to its current position. The question posed about potential energy being defined when a mass is falling down to the earth does not change the definition, as potential energy is defined in relation to another point regardless of the body's motion.
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Miraj Kayastha
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Gravitational Potential energy is the work done against the gravity to move a mass from one point to the other.

So if a mass was falling down to the earth, how is the potential energy defined?
 
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Miraj Kayastha said:
Gravitational Potential energy is the work done against the gravity to move a mass from one point to the other.

So if a mass was falling down to the earth, how is the potential energy defined?
It does not matter whether the body is moving or stationary.Gravitational potential energy of a body at a certain position is defined only in relation to another point. So you just have to tell us what the other point is. The gravitational potential energy in relation to that point, as you have said, is equal to the work done against gravity in moving the body from that point to its current position.

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Miraj Kayastha said:
Gravitational Potential energy is the work done against the gravity to move a mass from one point to the other.

So if a mass was falling down to the earth, how is the potential energy defined?

Let me get that straight. You defined potential energy and then asked how potential energy is defined. Seems like the first part of your post answers the question in the second part of your post. What is the point of this thread?
 

Related to Gravitational Potential energy

What is gravitational potential energy?

Gravitational potential energy is the energy an object possesses due to its position in a gravitational field. It is the potential energy that an object has when it is located at a certain height above the ground.

How is gravitational potential energy calculated?

The formula for gravitational potential energy is GPE = mgh, where 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.

What factors affect the amount of gravitational potential energy an object has?

The amount of gravitational potential energy an object has is affected by its mass, its height above the ground, and the strength of the gravitational field it is in.

Can gravitational potential energy be converted into other forms of energy?

Yes, gravitational potential energy can be converted into other forms of energy such as kinetic energy. When an object falls, its potential energy is converted into kinetic energy as it accelerates towards the ground.

How is gravitational potential energy important in everyday life?

Gravitational potential energy is important in everyday life because it allows us to understand and predict the behavior of objects in a gravitational field. It also plays a role in activities such as rock climbing, roller coasters, and even walking up stairs.

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