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May13-09, 07:38 PM
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Why is everyone making such a complicate deal out of something that can be expressed so straightforwardly? Gravitational force is exactly proportional to mass. But inertial resistance to motion is also exactly proportional to mass. (That's Einstein's equivalence principle -- the founding insight of general relativity.) So for twice the mass, you have twice the force and twice the inertia. They exactly cancel each other out. Thus, all objects fall at equal rates in vacuum.