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Gravitational potential energy $U_g$

Energy stored due to separation in location between objects that attract each other via gravity.

$$U_g=mgh$$

$m$ is mass, $g$ the gravitational acceleration and $h$ the height (distance) between the attracting objects.

  • Scalar property
  • Symbol: $U_g$, $PE$, $E_\text{pot,g}$, $E_\text{grav}$
  • SI-unit: Joule $\mathrm{[J]=[kg\cdot m^2/s^2]}$

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