Potential Energy of Gravity

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Equation / Last modified by KurtHeckman on 2018/09/08 00:12
vCalc.Potential Energy of Gravity

The Potential Energy of Gravity calculator computes the potential energy in a two mass (m1 and m2) system separated by a specified distance (r).

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:

  • (m1) This is the mass of object 1
  • (m2) This is the mass of object 2
  • (r) This is the distance between the objects.

Potential Energy of Gravity (UG): The energy is returned in joules.   However, this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.

Note: vCalc provides special mass and distance units for application in space sciences.  The mass units include Earth Mass, Jupiter Mass and Solar Mass.  The distances include Astronomical Units (ua), Light Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days and Years, Parsecs, Kilo-Parsecs and Kilo-Light Years. 

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The Science

The Potential Energy of Gravity equation computes the gravity potential energy between two masses.  In this equation, the masses are treated as point masses separated by a specified distance. The Force of Gravity equation is as follows:

         UG= (G•m1•m2)/r



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