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Homework Help: What is a g ?

  1. Feb 14, 2007 #1
    What is a "g"?

    What is the electric field strength at a paoint in space where a protone (m=1.67x10^-27 kg) experiences an acceleration of 1 million "g's"?

    My only question is:
    What is a "g"?
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  3. Feb 14, 2007 #2


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    Its a unit of force equal to the force exerted by gravity. Its basically the amount of force a body feels when its accelerated.
  4. Feb 14, 2007 #3


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    No, it is a unit of acceleration, not a unit of force.

    It is the acceleration of a mass falling freely near the earth's surface (with no air resistance, etc).

    1g = 9.80665 m/s^2.
  5. Feb 14, 2007 #4
    Thanks guys. I can't believe I didn't know that "g" meant gravity.
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