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newtonian constant of gravitation


Definition: a universal constant relating the gravitational force, F, attracting two masses, m1 and m2, toward each other when they are separated by a distance, r, in the equation: F = G(m1m2/r2); it has the value of 6.67259 × 10-8 dyne cm2 g-2 = 6.67259 × 10-11 m3 kg-1 s-2 in SI units.

[Sir Isaac Newton]

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