5. Potential and Kinetic Energy

Define Gravitational Potential Energy

The earth’s gravitational field is responsible for gravitational potential energy. The British Broadcasting Corporation describes this form of potential energy as the energy an object has by virtue of its position above the surface of the Earth.

You may have noticed that when a person dives, they always land with more force when making a splash into the swimming pool.   

*Enter earth’s gravity*  

The force of gravity uses the diver’s weight to produce kinetic energy (the diving motion) that causes the diver to splash into the pool. So, when the diver stands at the top of the diving board, it’s their gravitational potential energy, which is then converted into kinetic energy when they jump off the board. 

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