Parachute and Terminal Velocity

Explore the factors that affect an object’s speed as it falls through the atmosphere.

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How does an object’s speed change as it falls through the atmosphere? When first learning about how objects fall, usually just one force—gravity—is considered. Such a simplification only accurately describes falling motion in a vacuum. This model of a parachute carrying a load incorporates a second force—air resistance—and allows experimentation with two variables that affect its speed: the size of the parachute and the mass of its load. This model graphs both the parachute’s height above the Earth’s surface and its speed after it is released. Motion continues until a constant speed is achieved, the terminal velocity.

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Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Parachute and Terminal Velocity. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2014, October 9.</a>

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Parachute and Terminal Velocity (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, October 9), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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Parachute and Terminal Velocity (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, October 9), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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Parachute and Terminal Velocity. (2014, October 9). Retrieved 2017, April 29, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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This resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's InquirySpace project.

Grade Level
Middle School, High School
Subject
Physics
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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