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Homework Help: Question about G foces

  1. Dec 6, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    why are the actual g forces astronauts experience are less than those predicted.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Many internet searches
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  3. Dec 6, 2007 #2


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    Which G forces? Takeoff? In space? Reentry?
    And do you have a number for what the predicted gravity should be?
  4. Dec 6, 2007 #3
    I'm pretty sure it's from takeoff
    and the gravity should be 9.8
  5. Dec 6, 2007 #4


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    That 9.8 only applies to things that are moving at a constant speed. Right now I'm sitting in a chair and my velocity in an up/down direction is a constant 0, so gravity is the only thing acting on me. The shuttle has more "gravity" force because the shuttle is accelerating in an updward direction. The earth's 9.8 gravity still applies, but on top of that you need to add the force caused by shuttle acceleration. F=ma.

    In case that sounded weird, 9.8m/s^2 only applies on earth. F=ma applies to everything in the universe.
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