Does gravity lead to acceleration?

Question:

Does gravity lead to acceleration?

Answer and Explanation:

Gravity is an acceleration and not a force. Gravity is an acceleration caused by one very large object on a much smaller object. This attraction causes an acceleration. This acceleration is measured by what we call the coefficient of gravity.

On Earth, the coefficient of gravity is {eq}g=-9.80\frac{m}{s^{2}} {/eq} OR {eq}g=-32\frac{ft}{s^{2}} {/eq}. The negative sign represents that the force is directed down.

To see the effects of gravity on an object, we can calculate the force (called weight) of that object by using {eq}F=ma {/eq}, where m is the mass of the object and a is the acceleration caused by gravity. Again, the acceleration is in the downward direction, as indicated by the negative sign with the coefficient of gravity.


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