# does electric potential energy increase with distance • ### Why does electric potential increase with distance?

• Why does electric potential increase with distance? Actually, electric potential decreases as you move farther from a charge distribution. First, think about more familiar gravitational potential energy. If you take an object sitting on a table, and do work on it by lifting it away from the earth, you increase the gravitational potential energy.

• ### How do you find the potential energy of an electric field?

• A charge placed in an electric field possesses potential energy and is measured by the work done in moving the charge from infinity to that point against the electric field. If two charges q 1 and q 2 are separated by a distance d, the e lectric potential energy of the system is; U = [1/ (4蟺蔚 o)] [q 1 q 2 /d]

• ### What is electric potential energy and why is it important?

• Electric potential energy is the energy that is needed to move a charge against an electric field. You need more energy to move a charge further in the electric field, but also more energy to move it through a stronger electric field.

• ### What is the change in potential energy when a charge moves?

• The change in potential energy or the work done depends on the size of the charge being moved. Figure 20鈥? Electric field and electric potential As a charge q 0 moves in the direction of the electric field, E, the electric potential, V, decreases.