# Is gravitational potential energy the same as potential energy?

**Potential energy**is

**energy**that is stored in an object or substance.

**Gravitational potential energy**is

**energy**in an object that is held in a vertical position. Elastic

**potential energy**is

**energy**stored in objects that can be stretched or compressed.

Furthermore, is gravitational energy kinetic or potential energy?

For the **gravitational** force the formula is P.E. = mgh, where m is the mass in kilograms, g is the acceleration due to **gravity** (9.8 m / s^{2} at the surface of the earth) and h is the height in meters. Notice that **gravitational potential energy** has the same units as **kinetic energy**, kg m^{2} / s^{2}.

**Gravitational potential energy**is

**energy**an object possesses because of its position in a

**gravitational**field. The most common use of

**gravitational potential energy**is for an object near the surface of the Earth where the

**gravitational**acceleration can be assumed to be constant at about 9.8 m/s

^{2}.

Regarding this, what is the relation between gravitational potential and gravitational potential energy?

The **gravitational potential** (V) is the **potential energy** (U) per unit mass: where m is the mass of the object. **Potential energy** is equal (in magnitude, but negative) to the work done by the **gravitational** field moving a body to its given position in space from infinity.

The object has the **potential** to fall due to gravity. **Gravitational potential energy** depends on an object's weight and its height above the ground (GPE = weight x height). **Elastic potential energy** is due to an object's shape. The more it is stretched or compressed, the greater its **elastic potential energy** is.