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What is a g ?

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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"?

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What is a "g"?
 

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ranger
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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.
 
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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.
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.
 
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Thanks guys. I can't believe I didn't know that "g" meant gravity.
 

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