gravitational acceleration

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Following Newton's law, the force F between two masses m1 and m2, separated by a distance r, is given by F = Gm1m2/r2, where G is the gravitational constant. The gravitational acceleration, g, is then given by g = F/m1 = Gm2/r2 and is measured in gravity units.

F = Gm1m2/r2

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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