Potential Difference Definition

What Is Potential Difference?

There is a potential difference across two battery terminals.
There is a potential difference across two battery terminals. Chris Aschenbrener / Getty Images

Potential Difference Definition: Potential difference is the amount of work energy required to move an electric charge from one point to another.

The unit of potential difference is the volt.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Potential Difference Definition." ThoughtCo, Jul. 24, 2017, thoughtco.com/definition-of-potential-difference-605549. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, July 24). Potential Difference Definition. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-potential-difference-605549 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Potential Difference Definition." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-potential-difference-605549 (accessed January 18, 2018).