What Is Gravity? - Definition & Equation


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What is gravity?

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1. What is the name of the scientist who came up with the theory that all objects accelerate toward the ground at the same rate?

2. If dropped from the same height at the same time, which of the following objects would hit the ground first?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gravity keeps us from floating off of the Earth and into space. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the force of gravity, including characteristics of gravitational force, acceleration, and the Law of Universal Gravitation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of gravitational force:

  • The definition of gravity
  • Acceleration
  • The Universal Gravitational Constant
  • The equation for determining gravitational force

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of gravitational force
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as gravity and acceleration
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the equation for determining gravitational force between two objects
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the force of gravity

Additional Learning

To learn more about gravitational force, review the accompanying lesson on The Force of Gravity. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the equation for determining gravitational force between two objects
  • Learn about the Universal Gravitational Constant (G)
  • Review an example of the rate of acceleration