# What is potential energy?

• (noun): The mechanical energy that a body has by virtue of its position; stored energy.
Synonyms: P.E.

## Potential Energy

Classical mechanics
History of classical mechanics
Timeline of classical mechanics
Branches
• Statics
• Dynamics / Kinetics
• Kinematics
• Applied mechanics
• Celestial mechanics
• Continuum mechanics
• Statistical mechanics
Formulations
• Newtonian mechanics (Vectorial mechanics)
• Analytical mechanics:
• Lagrangian mechanics
• Hamiltonian mechanics
Fundamental concepts
• Space
• Time
• Mass
• Inertia
• Velocity
• Speed
• Acceleration
• Force
• Momentum
• Impulse
• Torque / Moment / Couple
• Angular momentum
• Moment of inertia
• Reference frame
• Energy
• Kinetic energy
• Potential energy
• Mechanical work
• Mechanical power
• Virtual work
• D'Alembert's principle
Core topics
• Rigid body
• Rigid body dynamics
• Euler's equations (rigid body dynamics)
• Motion
• Linear motion
• Newton's laws of motion
• Newton's law of universal gravitation
• Euler's laws of motion
• Equations of motion
• Inertial frame of reference
• Non-inertial reference frame
• Fictitious force
• Mechanics of planar particle motion
• Displacement (vector)
• Relative velocity
• Friction
• Simple harmonic motion
• Harmonic oscillator
• Vibration
• Damping
• Damping ratio

### Some articles on potential energy:

Sisyphus Cooling
... Atoms moving through the potential landscape created by the standing wave (created by the interference of the two counter-propagating beams) lose kinetic energy as they move to a potential maximum, at which point ... Repeated cycles of converting kinetic energy to potential energy, then losing potential energy via optical pumping allow the atoms to reach temperatures ...
Airy Wave Theory - Second-order Wave Properties - Wave Energy Density
... Wave energy is a quantity of primary interest, since it is a primary quantity that is transported with the wave trains ... In water waves, the most used energy measure is the mean wave energy density per unit horizontal area ... It is the sum of the kinetic and potential energy density, integrated over the depth of the fluid layer and averaged over the wave phase ...
Stream Power
... Stream power is the rate of energy dissipation against the bed and banks of a river or stream per unit downstream length ... reach of a stream over a modest distance), all of the potential energy lost as the water flows downstream must be used up in friction or work against the bed none can be added ... Therefore, the potential energy drop is equal to the work done to the bed and banks, which is the stream power ...
Signorini Problem - Solution of The Problem - The Potential Energy
... the first step of the analysis of Antonio Signorini in Signorini 1959 is the analysis of the potential energy, i.e ... The meaning of each of the three terms is the following the first one is the total elastic potential energy of the elastic body the second one is the total potential energy due to the body forces, for ...
Relation Between Potential Energy, Potential and Force
... Potential energy is closely linked with forces ... is possible to define a numerical value of potential associated with every point in space ... can be re-obtained by taking the negative of the vector gradient of the potential field ...

### Famous quotes containing the words energy and/or potential:

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men’s belief that they “own” their bodies—those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
—C.S. (Clive Staples)

And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?
Henry Miller (1891–1980)