# Potential energy

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In terms, **potential energy** (TR:130) (LH:9) (**TL**:139) refers to energy of configuration of two more associated bodies.

## Overview

In 1853, William Rankine, in his “On the General Law of the Transformation of Energy”, introduced the term “potential energy”, as a terminological upgrade to the older terms: vis mortua (Leibniz, 1673), force morte (Diderot, 1769), or dead force.^{[1]}

In 1860s, the term potential energy, in respect to a body of some height above the earth, as follows:

where *m* is the mass of the body, *g* is the gravitational constant, and *h* is the height of the body above the surface of the earth.

In 1867, Rankine, in his "On the Phrase Potential Energy", explained the etymology of the term "potential energy".

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### External links

- Potential energy – Hmolpedia 2020.