Potential (disambiguation)

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Potential may also refer to:

Mathematics and physics[edit]

Physics and engineering[edit]

  • Potential energy, the energy possessed by an object because of its position relative to other objects, stresses within itself, its electric charge, or other factors
  • Magnetic potential, the vector potential or the magnetic scalar potential (ψ)
  • Electric potential, the amount of work needed to move a unit positive charge from a reference point to a specific point inside the field without producing any acceleration
  • Electromagnetic four-potential, a relativistic vector function from which the electromagnetic field can be derived
  • Coulomb potential
  • Van der Waals force, distance-dependent interactions between atoms or molecules
  • Lennard-Jones potential, a mathematical model that approximates the interaction between a pair of neutral atoms or molecules.
  • Yukawa potential, a potential in particle physics which may arise from the exchange of a massive scalar field


  • Action potential, occurs when the membrane potential of a specific axon location rapidly rises and falls: this depolarisation then causes adjacent locations to similarly depolarise
  • Membrane potential, the difference in electric potential between the interior and the exterior of a biological cell. With respect to the exterior of the cell, typical values of membrane potential range from –40 mV to –80 mV
  • Water potential, the potential energy of water per unit volume relative to pure water in reference conditions

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