Ch 5: Overview of Gravity

About This Chapter

Strengthen your understanding of basic gravity concepts with this mobile-friendly physics chapter. You'll work through short video and text lessons and quizzes, and the chapter can help you get ready for a test, catch up in class and even improve your grades.

Overview of Gravity - Chapter Summary

Check out this series of physics lessons to boost your understanding of fundamental gravity concepts. Our instructors can help you properly use gravity formulas, solve free fall problems and understand how gravity relates to weight and mass. The chapter includes interactive lesson quizzes, as well as a chapter exam to help you remember key concepts. For your convenience, we've made the chapter available 24/7 and accessible via a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet. When you're finished, you'll be able to:

  • Use the acceleration of gravity formula
  • Explain Newton's laws in terms of gravity, mass and weight
  • Calculate acceleration due to gravity
  • Solve free fall physics problems
  • Show acceleration by graphing free fall motion
  • Define and calculate the center of mass
  • Use gravity formulas correctly

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Overview of Gravity
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

1. The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

In this lesson, we will introduce the acceleration due to gravity. Objects in free fall are one of the few real world examples of straight line motion with constant acceleration, so they are commonly used when learning kinematics.

Newton's Laws and Weight, Mass & Gravity

2. Newton's Laws and Weight, Mass & Gravity

Did you know that mass and weight are not the same? This lesson describes the difference between the two as well as the effect of gravity on weight. Examples are used to teach you how to calculate weight based on mass and acceleration of gravity.

Calculating Acceleration Due to Gravity: Formula & Concept

3. Calculating Acceleration Due to Gravity: Formula & Concept

You have no doubt seen gravity work in your life. After all, it is the force that keeps your feet on the ground! This lesson explores the acceleration a body experiences due to gravity and provides details of the mechanics behind it.

Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

4. Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

In this lesson, we will dive into doing calculations involving free falling objects. We will begin with a few helpful tips to get started before working through a couple of example problems.

Graphing Free Fall Motion: Showing Acceleration

5. Graphing Free Fall Motion: Showing Acceleration

Kinematics topics are great for using x, y scatter graphs to visualize motion. In this lesson, we will examine the basic shapes of two different types of graphs of an object in free fall.

Calculating Center of Mass: Definition, Equation & Example

6. Calculating Center of Mass: Definition, Equation & Example

What is the center of mass and how is it calculated? Is it the same as the centroid or center of gravity? Learn how to find the center of mass of objects in one-, two-, even three-dimensional space!

Practice Applying Gravity Formulas

7. Practice Applying Gravity Formulas

In this lesson the reader will be introduced to the force of gravity and the formulas used for calculating the force of gravity. This lesson will use real-world examples about how we can use gravity formulas to calculate for unknown forces and variables.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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