Acoustic Glossary


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g : see giga or gram or gravity below

Gaussian Noise : noise with a statistically random time distribution - White Noise for example.

giga : G : SI prefix = 109

see other SI Units

Gradian : g : also known as a grad. One grad or gradian equals 9/10 of a Degree or π/200 of a Radian.

see also : Angles

gram : g : unit of mass in the metric system.

The Kilogram Kg rather than the gram is considered the base unit of Mass in the SI units because the gram is so small. The old French spelling gramme is sometimes used but gm is wrong.

gravity : g : a unit for measuring Acceleration. 1 g = 9.81 m/s², the acceleration due to gravity at the surface of the Earth.

Gravitational Force : the force of attraction between the earth's mass and bodies near its surface, the further apart the less gravity. The gravitational force between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

Grazing Incidence

Ground Effect : the ground between a noise source and the measurement point can effect the total attenuation. Soft ground as opposed to concrete, rock, etc., provides additional attenuation up to 3 dB over distances of 100 metres. The attenuation figures are frequency and source height dependent.