How is the acceleration of gravity calculated for planets?

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Jan 31, 2016

Answer:

You can use the expression of gravitational force.

Explanation:

We use a bit of the expression of Gravitational Force (in red):
#F_g=color(red)(G)*(mcolor(red)(M))/color(red)(r^2)#
Where:
#G# is the Universal Gravitational Constant;
#M# is the mass of the planet;
#r# is the radius of the planet.
(You can find these values in the literature).
Try with Earth you should find #9.8m/s^2#.
For other planets simply choose the specific #M# and #r#.