# Question #00a80

The quantity $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity near Earth's surface, $9.8$ ${\text{m/s}}^{2}$.
The fact that it has the units ${\text{m/s}}^{2}$ further indicates that this is an acceleration. If it were a force, there would be a mass component as well, and it would have units of ${\text{kg"*"m/s}}^{2}$, a.k.a. newtons, $\text{N}$.
The $g$ value has no mass component, which basically means that it is independent of the mass of the object (sound familiar, from Newton's experiments?)
If a question wants an answer in $g$'s, it's simply asking for that object's acceleration expressed as a multiple (or a fraction) of $g$. For example, $43.5$ ${\text{m/s}}^{2}$ is the same as
$\left(43 {\text{m/s"^2)/(9.8"m/s}}^{2}\right) = 4.4 g$