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# what is the clear difference between gravitational potential and gravitational potential energy

8 years ago

8 years ago

## PEgrav = m *• g • h

8 years ago

Gravitational Potential Occasionally, another concept is defined with respect to gravitational potential energy. We define it here primarily to avoid possible confusion with the gravitational potential energy. Gravitational potential, Φ g , is defined as the potential energy that a unit mass (usually 1 kilogram) would have at any point. Mathematically: Φ g = - where M is the mass of the gravitating object. This is sometimes useful because it assigns each point in space a definite gravitational potential value, irrespective of mass.

Gravitational Potential Energy near the Earth

We can see what happens to our expression for gravitational potential energy near the earth. In this case

M = M
e . Consider a mass m at a distance r from the center of the earth. Its gravitational potential energy is:

U(r) = -

8 years ago

Potential energy is the energy required to bring charged particle at infinite distance to finite distance.

Potential is the potential energy per unit charge.

8 years ago

A body A of mass m is placed in the gravitational field of a body B of mass M. The gravitational potential of body B at a point in the field is the work done is bringing unit mass from infinity to that point and is independent of body A. On the other hand, the gravitational potential energy of body A is the energy possessed by it due to its position in the field.

In fact,

Gravitational potential energy = mass of body(A) x gravitational potential