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Gravitational Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples

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Which of the following objects has the most gravitational potential energy?

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1. If a car is rolling naturally downhill without the engine running, what energy transfer is happening?

2. A 10 kg bowling ball is lifted from the ground to a height of 1 meter. Assuming the bowling alley is on Earth, how much gravitational potential energy does it now have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Review this concept through questions on how to find an object with the most gravitational potential energy and the type of energy involved with a car rolling downhill.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These practice questions test your understanding of the following items:

  • The object with the most gravitational potential energy
  • How gravitational potential energy changes to kinetic
  • Various gravitational potential energy problems
  • The reason we know gravitational potential energy exists

Skills Practice

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how gravitational potential energy changes to kinetic and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason we know gravitational potential energy exists
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve various gravitational potential energy problems

Additional Learning

The lesson called Gravitational Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples was created to help you learn more about this topic. Information in this lesson can be used to accomplish these objectives:

  • Define what gravitational potential energy is
  • Understand how this energy relates to the conservation of energy
  • Identify how gravitational potential energy can change into kinetic energy
  • Describe why this type of energy must exist
  • Know how to find the gravitational potential energy of an object
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