Universal concept of energy stored by virtue of position in a field, without any observable change, eg after a mass has been raised against the pull of gravity. A body of mass m at a height It above the ground possesses potential energy mgh, since this is the amount of work it would do in falling to the ground. In electricity, potential energy is stored in an electric charge when it is taken to a place of higher potential through any route. A body in a state of tension or compression eg a coiled spring also possesses potential energy,

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