An important property of energy is that it is a relative quantity

An important property of energy is that it is a relative quantity

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An important property of energy is that it is a relative quantity. Just as observers moving with different velocities observe different values for the kinetic energy of a given particle, observers at a different height observe different values for gravitational potential energy, for example.
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Unformatted text preview: When working problems we are free to choose whatever origin we like, to correspond to a convenient value for our potential energy. Having defined potential energy, we can now see how it relates to kinetic energy, and generate our principle of conservation of mechanical energy....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course PHYSICS 010 taught by Professor - during the Fall '09 term at Montgomery.

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