Elastic Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples


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Elastic potential energy is the energy an object has in it due to being what?

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1. Both the equations for Hooke's law, and elastic potential energy have a constant called the spring constant in them. What is the spring constant?

2. Why is Hooke's law important for finding elastic potential energy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and attached worksheet, you can evaluate how well you understand the energy of elastic objects. The quiz will also assess your understanding of concepts like the measure of stiffness of a spring and the formula for elastic potential energy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to quantify:

  • Elastic potential energy
  • The spring constant
  • Hooke's law
  • Displacement of a spring

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of elastic potential energy
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of Hooke's law
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve potential energy practice problems
  • Distinquishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as force and displacement

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of elastic potential energy, review the lesson titled Elastic Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define elastic potential energy
  • Apply Hooke's law to find the potential energy of a spring
  • Identify a compressed spring, a spring at rest and a stretched spring
  • Define spring constant
  • Graph force versus displacement