Physics Trivia Quiz: Gravitational Potential Energy And Kinetic Energy!

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Test your physics basics with our Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy Quiz. This interactive quiz is designed to deepen your understanding of energy dynamics in motion.

Test your knowledge as you explore the concepts of gravitational potential energy, the energy stored in an object due to its position relative to a gravitational field, and kinetic energy, the energy possessed by an object in motion.

Challenge yourself with thought-provoking questions that cover the principles of conservation of energy, calculating potential and kinetic energy values, and understanding how energy transformations occur in various physical systems. Are you ready to unravel Read morethe mysteries of energy in motion? Let the quiz begin!


Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    What type of energy does the skater possess when he is at the greatest height on the track as shown in the picture above?

    • A.

      Elastic potential energy only

    • B.

      Gravitational potential energy only

    • C.

      Kinetic energy

    • D.

      Gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy

    Correct Answer
    B. Gravitational potential energy only
    Explanation
    Since the skater is temporarily at rest at the greatest height, he will only possess gravitational potential energy.

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  • 2. 

    What type of energy does the skater possess when he is moving past the bottom of the track, as shown in the picture above?

    • A.

      Elastic potential energy only

    • B.

      Gravitational potential energy only

    • C.

      Kinetic energy only

    • D.

      Gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy

    Correct Answer
    C. Kinetic energy only
    Explanation
    The skater is at the reference for potential energy, so his PE is zero and since he is moving, he will possess kinetic energy.

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  • 3. 

    What type of energy does the skater possess as he is moving up the track as shown in the picture above?

    • A.

      Elastic potential energy only

    • B.

      Gravitational potential energy only

    • C.

      Kinetic energy only

    • D.

      Gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy

    Correct Answer
    D. Gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy
    Explanation
    The skater possesses gravitational potential energy since he is at a height above the reference point and as he is moving, he also possesses kinetic energy.

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  • 4. 

      Which of the following statements regarding the skater is correct as he moves from position A to B?

    • A.

      Skater possesses less gravitational potential energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.

    • B.

      Skater possesses more energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.

    • C.

      Skater possesses more gravitational potential energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.

    • D.

      Skater possesses the same amount of gravitational potential energy at both positions A and B.

    Correct Answer
    C. Skater possesses more gravitational potential energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.
    Explanation
    Skater possesses more gravitational potential energy at position A since he is at a greater height at A as compared to B. However, the total energy of skater remains the same at both positions.

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  • 5. 

      Which of the following statements regarding the skater is correct as he moves from location A to B?

    • A.

      Skater possesses less kinetic energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.

    • B.

      Skater possesses more energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.

    • C.

      Skater possesses more kinetic energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.

    • D.

      Skater possesses the same amount of kinetic energy at both positions A and B.

    Correct Answer
    A. Skater possesses less kinetic energy at position A as compared to when he is at position B.
    Explanation
    Skater is moving slower at position A than B, hence his kinetic energy at A is less as compared when he is at B. Again, total energy remains the same at both positions.

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  • 6. 

    The pie chart below shows the energy of the skater at a particular position as he moves through the track. Which of the following positions is the skater at?  

    • A.

      Position A

    • B.

      Position B

    • C.

      Position C

    • D.

      Position D

    Correct Answer
    C. Position C
    Explanation
    Since the skater has more kinetic energy than potential energy, it means that he must be at a height lower than the middle of the track.

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  • 7. 

    The picture above shows the skater at the starting point for his skate.  Which position in the picture indicates the greatest height the skater can reach. 

    • A.

      Position A

    • B.

      Position B

    • C.

      Position C

    • D.

      Position D

    Correct Answer
    C. Position C
    Explanation
    Skater's gravitational potential energy converts to kinetic energy as he moves towards the bottom of the track. The kinetic energy is then converted back to gravitational potential energy as he moves up on the right side of the track. So the greatest height he can reach must be the same height as his starting point.

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  • 8. 

    The skater moves from position A to D as shown in the picture below.     The four bar graphs below show the energy of the skater at the above four positions but in the wrong order.   Which of the following shows the correct order of the energy of the skater as he moves from position A to D?

    • A.

      I, III, IV, II

    • B.

      II, III, I, IV

    • C.

      II, IV, I, III

    • D.

      II, IV, III, I

    Correct Answer
    C. II, IV, I, III
    Explanation
    Gravitational potential energy depends on the height of the skater above the reference point. The higher he is above the reference point, the higher the amount of potential energy he possesses. Kinetic energy depends on the speed of the skater. The faster he moves (towards the bottom of the track), the higher the amount of kinetic energy he possesses.

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  • 9. 

    Which of these are examples of gravitational potential energy?

    • A.

      Ripe fruit before falling

    • B.

      Car parked at top of a hill

    • C.

      A yoyo before it is released

    • D.

      A man lying on the floor

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Ripe fruit before falling
    B. Car parked at top of a hill
    C. A yoyo before it is released
    Explanation
    The examples given in the answer all involve objects that have the potential to fall or move due to the force of gravity. Ripe fruit before falling has gravitational potential energy because it can fall to the ground due to gravity. A car parked at the top of a hill has gravitational potential energy because it can roll down the hill due to gravity. A yoyo before it is released also has gravitational potential energy because it can fall down when released. However, a man lying on the floor does not have gravitational potential energy because he is not in a position where gravity can cause him to fall or move.

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  • 10. 

    Gravity and weight are always the same thing.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Gravity and weight are not the same things. Gravity is the force that attracts objects towards each other, while weight is the measure of the force of gravity on an object. Weight depends on the mass of an object and the strength of the gravitational pull it experiences, whereas gravity is a fundamental force of nature that exists everywhere in the universe. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that gravity and weight are the same things.

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Matt Balanda |BS, Science |
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Matt graduated with a Master's in Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Schools from California Baptist University and a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Arizona. A devoted leader, transitioned from Aerospace Engineering to inspire students. As the High School Vice-Principal and a skilled Physics teacher at Calvary Chapel Christian School, his passion is nurturing a love for learning and deepening students' connection with God, fostering a transformative educational journey.

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