Intro to Conservation of Energy Video Lessons

Concept

# Problem: Is it possible for a system to have negative potential energy? A. Yes, as long as the total energy is positive. B. Yes, since the choice of the zero of potential energy is arbitrary. C. No, because this would have no physical meaning. D. Yes, as long as the kinetic energy is positive. E. No, because the kinetic energy of a system must equal its potential energy.

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###### Problem Details

Is it possible for a system to have negative potential energy?

A. Yes, as long as the total energy is positive.

B. Yes, since the choice of the zero of potential energy is arbitrary.

C. No, because this would have no physical meaning.

D. Yes, as long as the kinetic energy is positive.

E. No, because the kinetic energy of a system must equal its potential energy.