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Gravity Vs Acceleration

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Posted by Don Jarvis on April 8, 2003 20:37:58 UTC

Using what he called a thought experiment, Einstein reasoned that if you were in an elevator remote from a gravitational field rising with constant acceleration, the force you would experience would be indistinguishable from the force of gravity.

In a similar thought experiment it is possible to reason that the acceleration vectors would be parallel to the direction of motion. The gravitational vectors would be concentric at the center of the mass providing the gravity. The two would be distinguishable and not the same.

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