Gravitational Acceleration

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Gravitational Acceleration Galileo found that the acceleration due to gravity (called `` g '') depends only on the mass of the gravitating object and the distance from it. It does not depend on the mass of the object being pulled. In the absence of air drag, a huge boulder will fall at the same rate as a small marble dropped from the same height as the boulder. A tiny satellite at the same distance from the Sun as Jupiter's orbit from the Sun feels the same acceleration from the Sun as the large planet Jupiter does from the Sun. How is this possible? Most people would agree with Aristotle that the bigger object should fall faster than the smaller object, but experiments show they would be wrong. A boulder falling toward the Earth is pulled by a stronger gravity force than the marble, since the boulder's mass is greater than the marble, but the boulder also has greater resistance to a change in its motion because of its larger mass. The effects cancel each other out, so the boulder accelerates

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