Answer to Question #26163 in Mechanics | Relativity for fatma
The term "potential energy" was coined by the 19th century Scottish engineer and physicist William Rankine, although it has links to Greek philosopher Aristotle's concept of potentiality. Potential energy is associated with a set of forces that act on a body in a way that depends only on the body's position in space. Potential energy exists when a force acts upon an object that tends to restore it to a lower energy configuration. This force is often called a restoring force. For example, when a spring is stretched to the left, it exerts a force to the right so as to return to its original, upstretched position.
Explain the concept of Potential Energy in detail with examples.[Include necessary sketches]