# How strong is the force of gravity on earth?

##### 1 Answer

The *force* of gravity is also known as *weight*, which changes for different objects. The gravitational field strength, or acceleration of gravity, is approximately the same everywhere on Earth's surface.

#### Explanation:

Gravity is a force of attraction that acts between any two masses. The bigger the masses, the stronger the force. That force also decreases with the square of the distance (ie doubling the distance means the gravity is 4 times less).

When you pick up an object, the weight you feel is the force of gravity between the Earth and that object. A heavier object is *heavier* because it has a larger mass, and therefore feels a greater force of gravity. So the question "How strong is the force of gravity" is not quite phrased correctly, since the force of gravity on an object depends on the mass of that object.

However, the *gravitational field strength* is fairly constant* across the surface of the Earth. This field strength determines how much force of gravity gravity (weight) any object will have. This field strength is 9.8 Newtons per kilogram of mass

*At the poles, the field strength is