Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy Objects may contain the potential to do work, even if they aren't moving. We call this potential energy. It comes in several varieties: gravitational potential energy: GPE = mgH spring potential energy: 2 SPE = (1/2) k * x One can define the mechanical energy of a system: the sum over all bodies of

*In thermodynamics, the internal energy of a system is the energy contained within the system. It is the energy necessary to create or prepare the system in any given state, but does not include the kinetic energy of motion of the system as a whole, nor the potential energy of the system as a whole due to external force fields which includes the energy of displacement of the system's surroundings.*Thus, the right side of the above equation can be called the General Integral Equation for Conservation of Energy in a Control Volume, where e = total energy of the fluid per unit mass, , = internal energy per unit mass, = kinetic energy per unit mass, gz = potential energy per unit mass. Energy is the ability to do work or cause change. There are basically two main types of energy, kinetic and potential. Potential energy is energy that is stored. There are various types of stored, or potential energy. Chemical energy from a battery is a potential form of energy, elastic energy in a ...