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Where is the maximum and minimum kinetic and potential energy found as a ball drops?


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February 01, 2009 6:11PM

A ball at rest contains only potential energy. A ball in motion contains almost all kinetic energy. But it gets tricky here. A free falling ball that has not yet reached terminal velocity has no potential energy. That energy is being given up to kinetic energy. Once the ball reaches terminal velocity in Earth's atmosphere, air resistance holds back further conversion of potential energy to kinetic.