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Please help - Gravity v/& Acceleration

by AlisonArulia
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AlisonArulia
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Oct23-09, 08:27 AM
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Hi everyone,

I hope you can help me with this as I am having a problem sorting all this out.

I have been told that Gravity and acceration are the same thing. It was explained to me by thinking about droping a ball in a lift (that was is space so no gravity) and the ball would act as if it was being pulled to the floor by gravity.

OK, I sort of understand this.

But I was also told that if a swing a stone on a string around y head, then the stone is affected by gravity towards the centre of the spining. ie. towards me. But I can't be producing gravity, so what is happening please.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Alison
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Oct23-09, 08:40 AM
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I have been told that Gravity and acceration are the same thing.
Not really the same thing. Accelerated frames are equivalent to frames at rest in a gravitational field.
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But I was also told that if a swing a stone on a string around y head, then the stone is affected by gravity towards the centre of the spining. ie. towards me. But I can't be producing gravity, so what is happening please.
You are producing "artificial" gravity. For someone living in the stone it would the same as being at rest on the surface of a planet.
AlisonArulia
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Oct23-09, 08:46 AM
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oooooo. I get it now.
Thank you so much.


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