Connections between Force, Field, Potential Energy, and Potential

Horizontal position
0 m 4 m
Vertical position
0 m 4 m
Plot on the horizontal axis:
Plot on the vertical axis:

On the left is a representation of a 4 m x 4 m space in which there is a uniform field directed down. If you choose a ball, then the field is a gravitational field. If you use a charge, the field is an electric field. On the right is a graph. You can plot six different things on the vertical axis, as a function of either x or y.

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