Item EG020003: For two objects that are the same distance from the center of the earth, the object with more gravitational potential energy weighs more.

Object 1 and Object 2 are the same distance from the center of the earth, but Object 1 has more gravitational potential energy than Object 2. Does Object 1 weigh more than, less than, or the same as Object 2?

  1. Object 1 weighs more than Object 2.
  2. Object 1 weighs less than Object 2.
  3. Object 1 weighs the same as Object 2.
  4. More information is needed to compare the weights of the objects.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS3.A A system of objects may also contain stored (potential) energy, depending on their relative positions.
Notes
The relationship between mass and gravitational potential energy is not addressed in NGSS.