|Title||Force probing to access potential energy|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Y Xu, and LN Virgin|
|Conference Name||Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series|
Perhaps the two most common forms of potential energy are those associated with gravitational and elastic forces. In an experimental setting, if we can measure the force required to maintain equilibrium, then the extraction of potential energy is relatively straightforward, since the force is the negative vector gradient of the potential. In this paper we apply this approach to a small mass that is placed on various shapes under the action of gravity.