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Why does potential energy mean?

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Fotios TsitsosI love using Mathematics and Science to explain and understand the world.17.5k students helped

Potential energy is the energy stored in a body due to its position or deformation. It is called “potential” energy simply because it has the potential, or in other words it can be converted to kinetic energy. For example a rock at the edge of a cliff has a lot of potential energy due to gravity, that is converted to kinetic energy as the rock is released and falls to the ground.

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