Gravitational potential energy is given by the expression,
W = mgh
h = Vertical displacement = 5 m
m = Mass of the object = 40 kg
g = Acceleration due to gravity = 9.8 m s−2
Therefore, W = 40 × 5 × 9.8 = 1960 J.
At half-way down, the potential energy of the object will be 1960/2 = 980 J.
At this point, the object has an equal amount of potential and kinetic energy. This is due to the law of conservation of energy. Hence, half-way down, the kinetic energy of the object will be 980 J.