Potential and Kinetic Energies of a Falling Object

This Demonstration illustrates the relationship of the potential and kinetic energies of a falling object. The potential energy is the product of the object's mass , height , and the gravity . Kinetic energy is half the product of the object's mass and its velocity squared. Conservation of energy implies that the sum of the potential and kinetic enrgies remains constant.

Contributed by: Matt Collins (Science and Mathematics Academy)