Determining Potential Energy Values

Determining Potential Energy Values

Here we find equations that give the value of the two types of potential energy discussed in this chapter: gravitational potential energy and elastic potential energy. However, first we must find a general relation between a conservative force and the associated potential energy.

Substituting,we find that the change in potential energy . due to the change in configuration is

This is the general relation we sought. Let’s put it to use.

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