If a skydiver jumps out of a plane, when will he or she stop accelerating? Competing physical forces hold the answer.
- Terminal velocity is the maximum constant velocity.
- Terminal velocity increases with weight.
- Terminal velocity is reduced by friction.
- Falling objects are pulled to the ground by gravity.
When skydivers jump out of planes, they experience the rush of free-falling towards the ground at around 60m/s.
Faster than the top speed of many cars.
Luckily, they don't hit the ground at this speed - their parachutes reduce their terminal velocity to a safer level.
Terminal velocity is the maximum constant velocity ...
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