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# When the temperature of an object increase what happens to it potential energy?

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###### 2010-04-06 10:28:17

the potential energy of an object does not have any relation with the temperature, the height of the object is the main factor effecting the potential energy.

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Temperature is directly proportional to kinetic energy (potential energy).eg. increase the temperature, you increase the kinetic energy of the molecules, hence you're increasing the potential energy of them.

When the temperature of a material increase, thermal energy is added to the material. It also increases the kinetic and potential energy of the particles. When the temperature reach the boiling or melting point, the kinetic energy stays the same, but the thermal energy and the potential energy still keeps adding and increasing. And when ONLY the potential energy increase, the state of the material changes from one to another.

If you refer to gravitational potential energy, the formula is: PE = mgh (mass x gravity x height). As you can see, it is unrelated to temperature.

As the kinetic energy of an object increases, its potential energy decreases.

It would depend. Within a system there can be isolated factors influencing different kinetic and potential energies. If the kinetic energy was increased (Let's say gravity), and a random object is pushed off of a table (Now potential energy), the potential energy would in fact be increased. This increase in energy is proportional in the potential and kinetic stages. If the temperature were increased and a "reaction" occurred the potential energy would go up.

We can increase the potential energy of an object by applying more energy on it

As an example, let's assume that ice melts. The energy of the substance increases. Note that ice at 0 &deg;C is converted into water, also at 0 &deg;C - the increase in energy is potential energy, NOT an increase in temperature, which is related to kinetic energy. This potential energy is related to the force it takes to break the bonds between molecules. The potential energy is again released as heat energy when the water freezes again.

As the temperature increases, the kinetic energy of the molecules will increase. As the temperature decreases, the kinetic energy of the molecules will decrease.

The object's kinetic energy increases, because the definition of temperature is the average kinetic energy of an object.

As we increase the altitude of the ball the potential energy increases.

If the internal energy of the system increases the temperature will increase.

Increase in potential energy = weight x increase in height

Since potential energy is proportional to elevation, the potential energy of water gets less and less as it goes downhill.Its kinetic energy (based on velocity) may well increase, but the question asked about potential energy.

Kinetic or potential energy increases as the volume of a substance increases for solid and liquid materials.

One possibility is that the temperature is absorbed by a change of phase - for example, when ice melts. This is an increase in potential energy. Of course, it is also possible for energy to drain off (the object cools down while energy is being supplied).

Potential Energy depends on mass and height to increase(: Hope that helps.MassHeight

On Earth, Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) would increase with an increasing altitude.

When the roller coaster is at the peak then the potential energy will be at it's max and as the roller coaster goes downhill then the potential energy will decrease and the kinetic energy will increase.

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