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Gravity vs Gravitation

  1. Feb 8, 2008 #1


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    What (if anything) is the difference between gravity and gravitation?
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  3. Feb 8, 2008 #2


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    one has more letters than the other.
  4. Feb 8, 2008 #3
    Perhaps gravity is the word we use to describe the attractive field produced my masses, while gravitation is the ressponse to that field, or the force. A dictionary would hit the spot here better.
  5. Feb 8, 2008 #4
    gravitation (grāv'ĭ-tā'shən)


    See gravity.
  6. Feb 9, 2008 #5

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    In the field of physical geodesy there is a distinction between the two terms:
    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geopotential
    For geophysical applications, gravity is distinguished from gravitation. Gravity is defined as the resultant of gravitation and the centrifugal force caused by the Earth's rotation.
    The difference between gravity and gravitation is somewhat similar to the difference between apparent weight and actual weight.
  7. Apr 9, 2008 #6
    The terms gravity and gravitation are often used to explain the same thing, but there is a definite difference between the two.

    Gravitation is the attractive force existing between any two objects that have mass. The force of gravitation pulls objects together.

    Gravity is the gravitational force that occurs between the earth and other bodies. Gravity is the force acting to pull objects toward the earth.

  8. Apr 10, 2008 #7


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    Thank you all for interesting answers! :approve:
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    Also, u can check out and enjoy gravity-space-time at

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