gravitational potential


Definition of gravitational potential

: the scalar quantity characteristic of a point in a gravitational field whose gradient equals the intensity of the field and equal to the work required to move a body of unit mass from given point to a point infinitely remote

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“Gravitational potential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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