Table of Contents

- 1 What happens to your weight as you get farther from the center of Earth?
- 2 Why does being farther from Earth’s center of mass cause you to weigh less?
- 3 What happens to your weight when Earth’s gravitational pull gets stronger?
- 4 What happens to gravity as you get further in distance?
- 5 How does distance from Earth affect gravity?
- 6 Why does your weight decrease as you move towards the center of the Earth?
- 7 How does gravity change as you move below the earth’s surface?

## What happens to your weight as you get farther from the center of Earth?

As you move towards the center, there is less and less of the Earth closer to the center than you are, so the gravitational field gets weaker and your weight decreases.

**How does the distance from Earth affect the weight of an object?**

Since gravitational force is inversely proportional to the square of the separation distance between the two interacting objects, more separation distance will result in weaker gravitational forces.

### Why does being farther from Earth’s center of mass cause you to weigh less?

Since the strength of gravity weakens as you get farther away from a gravitational body, the points on the equator are farther and have weaker gravity than the poles. Therefore, assuming the entire mass of the earth is located at its center, we can calculate the force of earth’s gravity at the equator and at the poles.

**What increases as you get closer to the center of the Earth?**

There are three things that cause gravity to be different between the poles of the earth and the equator. You got one of them – the fact that gravity increases as you get closer to the center of mass, because the earth is flattened at the poles. Another is the spin of the earth.

#### What happens to your weight when Earth’s gravitational pull gets stronger?

As your body grows, you will have more mass, which also means you will weigh more. That’s because when you’re on the earth, the amount of gravity that pulls on you stays the same. So when your mass changes, so does your weight!

**How does distance affect weight?**

Thus more massive objects, of course, weigh more in the same location; the farther an object is from the Earth, the smaller is its weight.

## What happens to gravity as you get further in distance?

Gravity is the universal force of attraction. This force of gravitational attraction is directly dependent upon the masses of both objects and inversely proportional to the square of the distance that separates their centers. This means that as you move away from an object the gravitational force decreases.

**What is the relationship between gravity and distance from the Centre of the Earth?**

Gravitational field strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the centre of the Earth. You can also write this as: gravitational field strength is proportional to 1r 2, where r is the distance from the centre of the Earth.

### How does distance from Earth affect gravity?

As you get farther away from a gravitational body such as the sun or the earth (i.e. as your distance r increases), its gravitational effect on you weakens but never goes completely away; at least according to Newton’s law of gravity. Gravitational effects are the result of spacetime curvature.

**What is important to remember about mass?**

Mass is the amount of matter or substance that makes up an object. It is measured in units called kilograms, which can be abbreviated kg. It’s important to remember that mass is different from weight. Mass always stays the same, while weight changes with changes in gravity.

#### Why does your weight decrease as you move towards the center of the Earth?

Your weight would decrease as you moved towards the center of the earth. Only the part of the Earth that’s closer to the center than you are contributes to your weight. As you move towards the center, there is less and less of the Earth closer to the center than you are, so the gravitational field gets weaker and your weight decreases.

**Is it true that the farther away from the Earth’s Center…?**

No, this is not true. You probably heard that the closer you get to the earths core, the more gravity decreases. This is due to more mass being above you than below you when you are at the center of the earth, meaning that now two gravitational forces are acting upon your body.

## How does gravity change as you move below the earth’s surface?

No, quite the opposite, says Bell. As you go down below the Earth’s surface, in a mine shaft for example, the force of gravity lessens. Weight and gravitational pull continue to decrease as you get closer to the centre of the Earth. “Imagine you’re standing on a series of balls getting smaller and smaller and smaller.

**What happens when you get closer to the center of the Earth?**

According to Newton’s law of universal gravitation, all else being the same, the force of gravity falls as the inverse square of the distance. However, there are situations where the gravity would indeed increase. These are cases where the effective mass of the Earth is reduced when you get closer to the center.