WHAT IS ELASTIC POTENTIAL ENERGY?WHAT IS ITS SIGNIFICANCE

Asked by JYOTI SURA | 2nd Sep, 2011, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

Elastic potential energy is the potential energy of an elastic object (for example a bow or a catapult) that is deformed under tension or compression (or stressed in formal terminology). It arises as a consequence of a force that tries to restore the object to its original shape, which is most often the electromagnetic force between the atoms and molecules that constitute the object. If the stretch is released, the energy is transformed into kinetic energy.

Answered by  | 2nd Sep, 2011, 01:01: PM

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