potential energy


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potential energy

n.
The energy of a particle or system of particles derived from position, or condition, rather than motion. A raised weight, coiled spring, or charged battery has potential energy.

potential energy

n
(General Physics) the energy of a body or system as a result of its position in an electric, magnetic, or gravitational field. It is measured in joules (SI units), electronvolts, ergs, etc. Symbol: Ep, V, U or φ Abbreviation: PE

poten′tial en′ergy



n.
the energy of a body or a system with respect to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system. Compare kinetic energy.
[1850–55]

potential energy

The energy possessed by a body as a result of its position or condition rather than its motion. A raised weight, coiled spring, or charged battery has potential energy. Compare kinetic energy.
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Noun1.potential energy - the mechanical energy that a body has by virtue of its position; stored energy
elastic energy, elastic potential energy - potential energy that is stored when a body is deformed (as in a coiled spring)
mechanical energy - energy in a mechanical form
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'EPC can unlock the potential energy saving efficiency without putting big financial burden to the government,' she assured.
Functionally, kinetic energy used in the act of drawing the crossbow is transformed into potential energy, which is stored in the limbs.
(4) The vacancy concentration has no effect on the shape of the potential energy curve but will affect the time in which the potential energy reaches the peak time: the greater the vacancy concentration, the lower the maximum potential energy.
(1) - (5) [16], movement of atoms as well as potential energy could be obtained.
The potential energy surfaces [12], V([beta], [gamma]), as a function of the deformation parameters [beta] and [gamma] are calculated using:
This result shows that while an H atom approaching a top site encounters a huge repulsive potential energy due to the surface atoms, the potential energy is attractive for the hollow sites.
The total potential energy increment of the pile shaft in the foundation can be divided into two parts: the pile deformation energy Wu and the potential energy increment Wgp caused by the settlement, namely,
The potential energy in this stored water is then released through turbines to generate high value electricity when demand is high.
Untapped power potential In response to the letter from Bryan Leyland (PE February), unless things are different down under, tidal-stream turbines in the northern hemisphere do not convert the gravitational potential energy of sea-level fluctuations into electrical energy.
where [E.sub.kinetic](t) is the instantaneous kinetic energy, [E.sub.potential](t) is the instantaneous elastic potential energy included in NES and the piezoelectric element, and [E.sub.potential,hysteretic(t)] is the instantaneous elastic potential energy of the Bouc-Wen model.
These results demonstrate that the enthalpy (i.e., latent heat) of evaporation is well interpreted as the potential energy difference between molecules in the vapor and liquid phases, and it is the fundamental driver of vapor pressure increase with temperature.
" Every firing pin needs a fixed amount of potential energy to detonate a primer regardless of what action type it sits in.

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