Surface gravity

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Term: Surface gravity

The rate at which a small object in free fall near the surface of a body is accelerated by the gravitational force of the body: g = GM / R^2, where G is the gravitational constant, and M and R are the mass and radius of the object. The surface gravity of Earth is equal to 980 cm s^-2.

Created 2023.04.16
Last Modified 2023.04.16
Contributed by Ryan McGranaghan