Misconception EGM053:

The gravitational potential energy of an object decreases as an object moves farther away from the center of the earth and the gravitational potential energy increases as the object falls toward the earth (AAAS Project 2061, n.d.).

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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.

23%

EG013004

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

19%