Potential Energy Calculator

By Mateusz Mucha and James Mathison.

Potential energy calculator enables you to calculate the stored energy of an elevated object. The full name is gravitational potential energy because it relates to the energy which is stored as the result of vertical position or height of an object.

Keep reading to find out:

  • How to calculate potential energy
  • What the gravitational potential energy formula is

How to calculate potential energy

The easiest way to calculate gravitational potential energy is to use our potential energy calculator. This tool estimates the potential energy on the basis of 3 values. You need to type:

Pick up our potential energy calculator with the following values at hand:

  1. The mass of the object
  2. Gravitational acceleration, which on Earth amounts to 9,81 m/s²
  3. The height of the object

Then the calculator will give you the result in joules.

If you want to calculate the energy of an object which is in motion, our kinetic energy calculator is highly recommended.

The potential energy formula

Our example will be the massive ball of a demolition machine. The gravitational potential energy of this ball depends on two factors - the mass of the ball and the height it's raised to. The relationship between gravitational potential energy and the mass and height of an object is described by the following equation:

PE grav. = m * h * g


  • m - mass
  • h - height
  • g - the gravitational field strength (9.81 on Earth)

Mateusz Mucha and James Mathison.

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