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potential energy


The pendulum repeatedly converts potential energy to kinetic energy and then back.
  the energy stored in an object due to its position;

For example:  an apple in a tree has potential energy that will be released if it is dropped to the ground; or a stretched rubber band has potential energy realized if it is released.
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Strongly Associated with:   kinetic energy
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  • The pendulum repeatedly converts potential energy to kinetic energy and then back.
  • It’s not enough that we have to sit through class after class and try to stay awake while they fill our heads with all this stuff we will probably never need to know, like how to figure out the surface area of a cube or what the difference is between kinetic and potential energy.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • The men argued that this was merely release of potential energy held in unstable electron levels.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • …knelt on one knee, composed in the grate a pyre of crosslaid resintipped sticks and various coloured papers and irregular polygons of best Abram coal at twentyone shillings a ton from the yard of Messrs Flower and M’Donald of 14 D’Olier street, kindled it at three projecting points of paper with one ignited lucifer match, thereby releasing the potential energy contained in the fuel by allowing its carbon and hydrogen elements to enter into free union with the oxygen of the air.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • The Deliverator’s car has enough potential energy packed into its batteries to fire a pound of bacon into the Asteroid Belt.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy is what drives the roller coaster, and all of the kinetic energy you need for the ride is present once the coaster descends the first hill… Once you’re underway, different types of wheels help keep the ride smooth.
    Annenberg Learner  --  Amusement Park Physics
  • The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy is what drives the roller coaster, and all of the kinetic energy you need for the ride is present once the coaster descends the first hill… Once you’re underway, different types of wheels help keep the ride smooth.
    Annenberg Learner (Foundation)  --  Amusement Park Physics - Rollercoaster Pages
  • That’s where the potential energy of the spin is going to dump."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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Associated words [difficulty]:   potential energy [8] , kinetic energy [7] , kinetic energy [7] , nuclear energy [9]
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