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Short description (real life)

A unit of measurement of the strength of a magnetic field; one gauss = 1 Maxwell / cm^2.

Long description (real life)

The gauss-unit is used when expressing the flux density produced by magnets of the sort commonly encountered in consumer products. The flux density of the earth's magnetic field at the surface is about 1 G. In industrial electromagnetics, the tesla (T), a much larger unit, is used to express magnetic flux density. The gauss is one ten-thousandth of a tesla (1 G = 10-4 T).

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