Potential v.s. kinetic

Opposite energies


There are many types of energies we witness energy use all the time without noticing it. You can even see it.

Potential energy

Potential energy is energy stored in any object. This energy has the potential to do work. Gravity gives potential energy to an object. This potential energy is a result of gravity pulling downwards.

Kinetic energy

The kinetic energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion It is defined as the work needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velosoty. Having gained this energy during its acceleration, the body maintains this kinetic energy unless its speed changes. The same amount of work is done by the body in decelerating from its current speed to a state of rest.

Choose your side

Have you noticed?


  • Kinetic energy comes after potential energy in all of the photos above
  • Non moving item is potential but all have the potential to turn into kinetic

Your turn

Look around

Look around for kinetic and potential objects