Weegy: But to a point, we typically, but not always, assign the lowest energy state the name "ground state." There is a bit of legacy in the term. [ Consider an object with mass m lying on the ground with speed U = 0, at h = 0 height in front of you.
It's total energy is TE = PE + KE = mgh + 1/2 mU^2 = mg0 + 1/2 m0^2 = 0. And it's lying on the ground; so why not call it the ground state? No, really, that's where the term came from. Over ... (More)