What is potential energy?

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From the XIX century has resolved the problem for a person, what is the potential energy or potential. Scottish physicist and engineer William Rankin introduced this term, meaning this physical quantity that characterizes the ability of bodies or material points, objects to perform certain actions within other active forces. We can say that it is a certain image characterization of the interactions between the body and the field or by several bodies within a scientific approach to the study of this phenomenon. After all, joint activities can be different and with different potential. This is the sort of body energy that arises because of the location

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