Parachute Experiment

Measure the terminal velocity of a falling parachute using coffee filters and a motion sensor.

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Explore the effect of different masses on the terminal velocity of a falling parachute. In this hands-on laboratory experiment, students use a motion sensor to collect data on coffee filter parachutes as they drop to the group. Measure the terminal velocity of falling objects with several different masses using a motion probe. Stack multiple coffee filters together to discover how a change in mass changes terminal velocity. Extend the experiment using different parachute shapes and sizes.

This fifth activity in the InquirySpace sequence follows the Parachute Model that simulates a jumper and parachute system. Will real-world results confirm the mathematical model? This hands-on activity requires a motion sensor and the free SensorConnector app. (InquirySpace activity 5 of 7.)

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Subject
Physics

Focus Area
Probeware

Grade Level
High School

License
CC BY 4.0

► NGSS

► NSES Standards

► AAAS (2008) Standards

Copyright
© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Parachute Experiment. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2015, August 30.</a>

AIP
Parachute Experiment (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2015, August 30), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Parachute Experiment (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2015, August 30), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Parachute Experiment. (2015, August 30). Retrieved 2017, June 25, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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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.

This hands-on activity requires a motion sensor and the SensorConnector app.

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

Grade Level
High School
Subject
Physics
Focus Area
Probeware
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