1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data How is the electric potential different from the electric potential energy of a charge. what is the conceptual meaning of the electric potential. 2. Relevant equations U=qV; U= kq1q2/r r= distance between two charges 3. The attempt at a solution i clearly understand how these formulas/ equations work. as a matter of fact i have used it to solve about 12 problems in my book (physics for scientist and engineers by Randall Knight.) I'm just eager to know what the electric potential is. i know it is a phenomena that is in an orientation in space and is felt whether or not there is a charge(s) to experience it. i understand the increase in potential when a charge moves opposite the direction of an electric field, but where does it come from? how did they come up with this epuation.