CLAIM: The concept that was learned in the GPE Lab, Falling Mass, was that when the mass of the object increases, the Joules of the Gravitational Potential Energy also increases.
EVIDENCE: When the mass increases, the force of the object is also increased. A greater mass is being accelerated due to gravity at a rate of 9.81 m/s^2. In the lab, an object with a mass of 0.5 kg had a GPE of 1.96 J, while an object with a mass of 0.1 kg had only a GPE of 0.39 J. Since GPE= m*g*h, if the mass is increased, the potential energy will also increase.
EXPLANATION: Gravitational Potential Energy is the energy stored in an object as the result of its vertical position or height. In the physicclassroom.com website, it says, "The energy is stored as the result of the gravitational attraction of the Earth for the object." The GPE depends on two variables, which are the mass and height of the object.