This is assuming that the direction of the gravitational gradient remains the same ("down") - it's just the magnitude that's varying.

I don't need an accurate figure, just a ballpark one, which is good considering that I don't believe that an accurate figure exists.

I'm working out how large a flat disk of neutronium or similar would need to be in order to live comfortably on it. The answer seems to be surprisingly small (even 100m radius gives only about 20cm/s^2 difference between head to toe at the center), but without this figure I can't really figure out how small.

Note that this should include things like pressure variation due to the difference in gravity.

  • $\begingroup$ Are you after how large the variation needs to be before it becomes noticeable or whether the current variation on Earth is noticeable? $\endgroup$ – Separatrix Sep 1 '16 at 16:51
  • $\begingroup$ I think the coriolis effects are normally blamed for being bothersome, long before the simple variation. When you bend over you’ll feel torques from the rotating habitat. $\endgroup$ – JDługosz Sep 1 '16 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think this question is particularly off-topic (though you might edit and include what sort of world will be creating this sort of wacky gravity), but it's possible you might receive a good answer in Physics or Biology. Like you said, this is not a topic I would expect to have received much attention, so it might help to cast your net a little wider. $\endgroup$ – MozerShmozer Sep 1 '16 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ @TLW I honestly couldn't say. I basically only chill on Worldbuilding and haven't asked any questions herein. $\endgroup$ – MozerShmozer Sep 1 '16 at 17:34
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    $\begingroup$ Cross-posting is, like the rest of the sites in the SE network, discouraged. The question appears to be on-topic for us, and we have plenty of members who are members of the other exchanges who should have the wherewithal to answer this. $\endgroup$ – Frostfyre Sep 1 '16 at 17:55

My initial thought:

Vertical acceleration deviations noticeable by a human are ballpark 6.5 cm/s2.

But I don't know how much this would change when people are allowed to move around.

  • $\begingroup$ Of course, that study concerned different whole-body perceptions. Your question is about how relatively "comfortable" or "uncomfortable" a human would be if different parts of their body were subject to differing degrees of gravitation, correct? $\endgroup$ – Lord Dust Sep 1 '16 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ @LordDust - pretty much, or rather where the threshold between "noticeable if you look for it" and "makes itself known to the point of being uncomfortable" is. A rather vague question, I know. $\endgroup$ – TLW Sep 1 '16 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ And I guess we'll leave out noticeable environmental factors like atmospheric alterations. $\endgroup$ – Lord Dust Sep 1 '16 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ @LordDust - Actually, I hadn't thought of that. Atmospheric pressure variations should also be included - I'll edit the question. $\endgroup$ – TLW Sep 1 '16 at 21:48

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