Mass, Weight and Weightlessness

Below is a link to an excellent website for you to check your learning about weight and weightlessness. It is probably just above N5 standard, so read through it slowly and carefully and ask if there is material you don’t understand.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/circles/Lesson-4/Weightlessness-in-Orbit

How does ‘g’ change with height above the surface of the Earth?

Height from surface of Earth in km gravitational field strength (N/kg)
0 9.8
200 9.2
400 8.7
600 8.2
800 7.7
1000 7.3
2000 5.7
2600 4.9
2800 4.7
3000 4.5
3800 3.8
4000 3.7
4800 3.2
5000 3.1
6000 2.6
7000 2.2
8000 1.9
9000 1.7
10000 1.5
11000 1.3
12000 1.2
13000 1.1

g with distance excel file with graphs and figures to create your own graphs.

There is loads more material in these sheets than mass and weight. Do complete the tasks and check for understanding.

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