1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Could you please clarify the confusion I have about potential energy? Consider an object being raised from the Earth's surface upwards at a constant velocity. Is the potential energy increasing while it is moving upwards at a constant velocity? 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution This is my reasoning: While the object is being raised upward at a constant velocity, the net force on that object is 0. Therefore, the net work on that object is also 0. As a result, the kinetic energy of the object is constant while it is moving up at a constant velocity. Since the kinetic energy is not changing, the potential energy is not changing while the object is moving up. When the object STOPS moving, and is held at a constant height, then the net work done on the object during that interval when it is slowing down would be negative, which would decrease the kinetic energy until it reaches 0. This would be accompanied by an increase in potential energy. However, WHILE it is moving upward at a constant velocity, the potential energy is not changing. When I look online, it is said that the potential energy is increasing while the object is moving upwards, even though it is moving upwards at a constant velocity (no change in Kinetic energy). My reasoning is, because of the Conservation of Mechanical Energy, if there is no change in Kinetic energy, then there is no change in potential energy if we are dealing with conservative forces, which we are in this situation. Then why does the potential energy increase while it is being raised? Thanks.