Gravitational Potential Energy Calculator

The Gravitational Potential Energy Calculator is provided in support of our Physics Tutorials on Work, Energy and Motion which explores Motion, the different types of energy, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy. power and efficiency with practical working examples and formula. A list of the supporting Work and Energy Physics Tutorials is available at the bottom of this page. This calculator will calculate:

  1. The gravitational potential energy of an object when it is at a height from the ground
  2. The mechanical energy of an object when initial height and initial velocity are given
  3. The velocity of an object just before touching the ground, using the energetic approach
  4. The velocity of an object at a certain height

Gravitational Potential Energy Calculator
Results (detailed calculations and formula below)
Initial Gravitational Potential Energy of the Object (GPE) J
Mechanical Energy of the Object (ME) J
Final Velocity Just Before Touching the Ground (v) m/s
Velocity at a Given Height (v(h)) m/s

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Initial Gravitational Potential Energy of the Object Formula and Calculation

GPE0 = m × g × h0
GPE0 = × ×
GPE0 = J (Joule)

Mechanical Energy of the Object Formula and Calculation

ME = m × v20/2 + m × g × h0
ME = × /2 + × ×
ME = J (Joule)

Final Velocity Just Before Touching the Ground Formula and Calculation

v = √v20 + 2 × g × h0
v = √ + 2 × ×
v = m/s (metre per second)

Velocity at a Given Height Formula and Calculation

v = √v20 + 2 × g × (h0 - h)
v = √ + 2 × × ( - )
v = m/s (metre per second)

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