Enter the mass, the velocity, and the height into the calculator to determine the Total Energy. 

Total Energy Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Total Energy.

TE = 1/2*m*V^2 + m*g*H
  • Where TE is the Total Energy (Joules)
  • m is the mass (kg)
  • V is the velocity (m/s)
  • H is the height (m)
  • g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.81 m/s^2)

To calculate total energy, first calculate the kinetic and potential energy, then sum the results to get the total.

What are the units for Total Energy?

The most common units for Total Energy are Joules.

How to Calculate Total Energy?

Example Problem:

The following example problem outlines the steps and information needed to calculate the Total Energy.

First, determine the mass. In this example, the mass is determined to be 500 (kg).

Next, determine the velocity. For this problem, the velocity is measured to be 123 (m/s).

Next, determine the height. In this case, the height is found to be 52 (m).

Finally, calculate the Total Energy using the formula above: 

TE = 1/2*m*V^2 + m*g*H

Inserting the values from above and solving the equation with the imputed values gives: 

TE = 1/2*500*123^2 + 500*9.81*52 = 4037310 (Joules)