Cavendish's Gravity Experiment & the Value of G


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What is the gravitational constant (G)?

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1. In what basic law of physics can the gravitational constant (G) be found?

2. Who designed the equipment for the torsion balance experiment to find big-G?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz/worksheet, we'll emphasize concepts such as the gravitational constant, basic laws of physics, key figures in relation to big-G, and Cavendish's ultimate goal.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here, you'll be asked about:

  • The definition of the gravitational constant
  • A basic law of physics in which the gravitational constant can be found
  • The designer of the equipment of the torsion balance experiment
  • Which scientist carried out the torsion balance experiment
  • Cavendish's goal with the torsion balance experiment

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the torsion balance experiment
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the gravitational constant and interpret it correctly
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Cavendish's goal with the experiment in a different way

Additional Learning

Find out what else is to be learned concerning this experiment by watching the associated video lesson by title of Cavendish's Gravity Experiment & the Value of G. This tool aims to expand your understanding of:

  • What the gravitational constant is
  • Events leading up to Cavendish's experiment
  • The success of Cavendish
  • How Cavendish calculated the value of G