Electric Potential Energy: Definition & Formula


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What is electric potential energy?

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1. How do we know objects have electric potential energy?

2. Where is the zero of potential?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will help broaden your understanding of electrical potential energy with several quiz questions. The questions deal with the definition of electrical potential energy, how we study electrical potential energy, and related practice problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you will be tested on your knowledge of:

  • The definition of electrical potential energy
  • How it is known that objects have electrical potential energy
  • Where the zero of potential is found
  • Calculating electrical potential energy between two charges
  • The effect that moving charges will have on electrical potential energy

Skills Practiced

The quiz/worksheet pairing give you the opportunity to put the following skills to use:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems dealing with calculating for electrical potential energy
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related electrical potential energy lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about electrical potential energy in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of electrical potential energy to answer questions about where the zero of potential is and how we know that objects contain electrical potential energy

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, you can use the accompanying lesson called Electrical Potential Energy: Definition & Formula. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of electrical potential energy and its relation to gravitational potential energy
  • The equation for calculating electrical potential energy
  • An example of calculating electrical potential energy between two charges of known magnitude
  • The point where an object has zero electrical potential energy