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Explain why it is possible for potential energy and total energy to be either positive or negative, but kinetic energy is always positive

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I'm thinking that Potential Energy and Total Energy can be opposite and take away from each other, so they would be negative to subtract, but not sure how to think this one through.

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# Homework Help: Potential Energy and Total Energy Negative

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