# Calculating Electrostatic Potential Energy: Formula & Examples

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### Two charges are held 1.0 m apart, and the electrostatic potential energy of this system is 20 J. If the charges are moved closed together until they are only 0.5 m apart, how much electrostatic potential energy does the system have now?

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### 2. A +0.006 C charge is located 1.5 m from a +0.002 C charge. What is the electrostatic potential energy of this system?

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This brief quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of how to find electrostatic potential energy. The quiz includes practice problems.

## Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here are the concepts the quiz will assess:

• Amount of electrostatic potential energy a system has when charges are moved closer together
• How potential energy of a system changes when one of two charges is replaced by an identical sphere with a specified charge
• Determining electrostatic potential energy of systems with specified charges
• Identifying electrostatic potential energy of a system with an identical charge

## Skills Practiced

• Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems on how to find electrostatic potential energy
• Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how to determine the electrostatic potential energy of systems with specified charges
• Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on finding electrostatic potential energy