Gravitational Potential Energy Calculator (General)

The Gravitational Potential Energy Calculator will calculate:

  1. Gravitational potential energy possessed by an object of mass m when it is on the surface of a planet of mass M, which has a radius R.
  2. Gravitational potential energy possessed by an object of mass m when it is at height h from the surface of a planet of mass M, which has a radius R.

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Gravitational Potential Energy Calculator Results (detailed calculations and formula below)
The gravitational potential energy of the object on the surface of planet is J
The gravitational potential energy of the object on the surface of planetis J
Gravitational potential energy of the object on the surface of planet calculation
GPE0 = G × M × m/R
GPE0 = × × /
GPE0 = /
GPE0 =
Gravitational potential energy of the object at a certain height from the surface of planet calculation
GPE = G × M × m/R + h
GPE = × × / +
GPE0 = /
GPE0 =
Gravitational Potential Energy Physics Caculator Input Values
Mass of the planet (M) kg
Mass of the object (m) kg
Radius of planet (R) m
Height of the object from the surface of planet (h) m
Gravitational Constant (G) N∙m2/kg

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Gravitational potential energy of the object on the surface of planet Formula and Calculation

Calculating the gravitational potential energy possessed by an object of mass m when it is on the surface of a planet of mass M, which has a radius R.

GPE0 = G × M × m/R

Gravitational potential energy of the object at a certain height from the surface of planet Formula and Calculation

Calculating the gravitational potential energy possessed by an object of mass m when it is at height h from the surface of a planet of mass M, which has a radius R.

GPE = G × M × m/R + h

Note: The minus sign is removed from the formulae as in both cases we are interested only in the numerical value of gravitational potential energy.

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