## potential energymgh, where m is the object's mass, g is the acceleration
due to gravity, and h is the height above the surface. (This
relationship is true provided that g is constant, which is approximately
true if h is small.) In general, any object that occupies a position in a force field has potential energy. The force field may be gravitational, electrical, or nuclear. In addition, there is elastic potential energy (the stored energy of an object, such as a bow, that is deformed under tension or compression), chemical potential energy, and thermal potential energy. Compare with kinetic energy. ## Related category• CLASSICAL MECHANICS | ||||||

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