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Converting g to different unitsWhat is g in units of cm/s^{2}? The answer is going to be how many cm/s of speed a falling object gains in one second. If it gains 9.8 m/s in one second, then it gains 980 cm/s in one second, so g = 980 cm/s^{2}. Alternatively, we can use the method of fractions that equal one:
What is g in units of miles/hour^{2}?
This large number can be interpreted as the speed, in miles per hour, that you would gain by falling for one hour. Note that we had to square the conversion factor of 3600 s/hour in order to cancel out the units of seconds squared in the denominator. What is g in units of miles/hour/s?
This is a figure that Americans will have an intuitive feel for. If your car has a forward acceleration equal to the acceleration of a falling object, then you will gain 22 miles per hour of speed every second. However, using mixed time units of hours and seconds like this is usually inconvenient for problemsolving. It would be like using units of footinches for area instead of ft^{2} or in^{2}.


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