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The Difference between Acceleration Due to Gravity and the Force Due to Gravity?

  1. Nov 3, 2008 #1
    I have a question: What is the Difference between Acceleration Due to Gravity and the Force Due to Gravity?






    I know the force due to gravity is the force of gravitation on an object on or near the surface of a celestial body but I have no idea how to describe the actual acceleration due to gravity.
     
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  3. Nov 3, 2008 #2
    Acceleration is the rate of change in the objects velocity/speed.

    The force due to gravity would be what you feel when standing up for hours at a time (weight).

    Think of it like this: you are standing next to a fat guy. You and the fat guy both have the same acceleration due to gravity (9.8 m/s^2), but the FORCE due to gravity is different.

    Acceleration due to gravity is a constant (on surface of earth). Force due to gravity depends on the mass of the object.
     
  4. Nov 3, 2008 #3
    Thanks alot! That really helped clarify things, God Bless your scientific gifts! :)
     
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