Misconception EGM061:

The gravitational potential energy of an object does not depend on the distance the object is above the ground (AAAS Project 2061, n.d.).

Items that test for misconception EGM061 in this key idea (Gravitational potential energy is a…)
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EG016003

The gravitational potential energy of an object depends on the mass of the object and the object's distance from the center of the earth.

32%

EG071002

Two pictures that weigh the same and are hung the same height above the floor have the same amount of gravitational potential energy.

31%

EG093001

The gravitational potential energy of an object depends on the object’s distance from the center of the earth but not the speed of the object.

30%

EG088001

When two children who weigh the same are on a teeter-totter, the child who is up has more gravitational potential energy than the child who is down.

17%

EG013004

When a coconut falls from a tree, it has the most gravitational potential energy at its highest point above the ground.

16%

Items that test for misconception EGM061 in other key ideas

RG084002

A pot that is hanging outside the second floor window has more energy then a pot hanging outside the first floor window because it is higher above the ground.

34%

RG050002

A flower pot on the taller post has more energy than a flower pot on the shorter post because it is higher above the ground.

28%

RG048002

A weight will have more energy when it is 6 feet above the ground than when it is 3 feet above the ground because the higher an object is the more energy it has.

27%

RG083002

A box on the top shelf has more energy than a box on a lower shelf because the box on the higher shelf is farther from the ground.

23%

EG088002

When two children who weigh the same are on a teeter-totter, the child who is up has more gravitational potential energy than the child who is down.

17%

RG047003

If a weightlifter drops a weight on their toes, it will hurt more if it is dropped from 6 feet than if it is dropped from 3 feet because the higher an object is the more energy it has.

12%

EG067002

The gravitational potential energy of a space shuttle increases as it gets higher in the sky.

12%