# Potential Energy

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

Potential energy, abbreviated as PE, also called gravitational potential energy, is the possessed energy by a body due to its relative position in a gravitational field.  As the elevation of the body decreases the less potential energy.

## Potential energy formula

 $$\large{ PE = m \; g \; h }$$

### Where:

 Units English Metric $$\large{ PE }$$ = potential energy $$\large{ lbf-ft }$$ $$\large{ J }$$ $$\large{ g }$$ = gravity $$\large{\frac{ft}{sec^2}}$$ $$\large{\frac{m}{s^2}}$$ $$\large{ h }$$ = height $$\large{ ft }$$ $$\large{ m }$$ $$\large{ m }$$ = mass $$\large{ lbm }$$ $$\large{ kg }$$

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