What is electric potental and potential difference?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Potential energy is the amount of energy that is stored within an object relating to position. As an example we can use a bow and arrow. A bow has no potential energy when it is just laying there but when a person pulls back on the bow it now has potential energy. Two kinds of potential energy are gravitational potential energy and elastic potential energy. Gravitational potential energy is the energy stored in an object based on the objects height. Elastic potential energy is the energy stored in an object because of compressing or stretching of the object.

Potential difference is the difference in potential energy between the final and beginning location of the object. This has caused a change in the potential energy.

mkcapen1 | Student

Potential energy relegates to one object.  For example gravity is the potential energy that is created when a single object is pulled down towards the earth.  However, the real idea of potential energy comes because two forces interact with one another.  Just like interacting charges have potential energy. 

Electric potential is considered to be voltage.  It is the measure of potential energy listed as per unit of energy. For example: one knows the point of potential energy, one charges it, one then has voltage which is electric potential energy.  It is the charge multiplied by the potential form of energy.