potential energy


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Related to potential energy: elastic potential energy, gravitational potential energy, Electric potential energy

po·ten·tial en·er·gy

the energy, existing in a body by virtue of its position or state of existence, which is not being exerted at the time.

potential energy

Etymology: L, potentia, power; Gk, energeia
the energy contained in a body as a result of its position in space, internal structure, and stresses imposed on it. Also called latent energy.

po·ten·tial en·er·gy

(pŏ-ten'shăl en'ĕr-jē)
The energy, existing in a body by virtue of its position or state of existence, which is not being exerted at the time.

potential energy

any stored energy that can be released to do work.

potential energy

the energy due to an object or body's position or form. May be elastic, gravitational or electrical.
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The nonbond potential energy is represented by the Lennard-Jones function
Potential Energy plans to collaborate with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies for research and development, and will engage an independent group to assess the project's impact and relative effectiveness of different marketing strategies.
We only had kinetic energy two years ago and now we've got potential energy factored in too," he added.
A trebuchet uses a weight and a fulcrum to gain leverage and store enough potential energy to hurl an object.
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This is a major step forward as the rumen supplies around 75pc of the potential protein available to the cow and 80pc of the potential energy.
Experiments with this systems are interesting because the system operates inside the gravitational field of the earth, and the total mechanical energy, potential system may consist of three different forms of energy, namely gravitational potential energy, potential energy stored in the spring, and kinetic energy.
The scale of this potential is illustrated by one statistic: there is enough potential energy from onshore wind power alone to meet Scotland's peak winter electricity demand twice over.
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At the anode, the oxygen ions react with hydrocarbons to generate carbon dioxide, water, and electrons at a higher potential energy.

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