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    Gravitational Potential Energy

    I have a question that reads as the following:an object is dropped from the top of a high building and falls under the force of gravity alone. Which option gives the graph of the potential energy U of the object as a function of the distance x through which it has fallen?

    My first instinct was for it to be a graph curving towards the x axis(like a half a rainbow)

    But another one that seems feasible is a graph worth a straight line from the U(x) axis down onto the x axis


    Any help please!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thermalwarrior View Post
    I have a question that reads as the following:an object is dropped from the top of a high building and falls under the force of gravity alone. Which option gives the graph of the potential energy U of the object as a function of the distance x through which it has fallen?

    My first instinct was for it to be a graph curving towards the x axis(like a half a rainbow)

    But another one that seems feasible is a graph worth a straight line from the U(x) axis down onto the x axis


    Any help please!!!
    I have answered this question on PHF here.

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