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Head Rush: Terminal Velocity
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Head Rush: Terminal Velocity

If you jumped from an airplane and didn't open a parachute, would you keep falling faster and faster until you hit the ground?

Terminal velocity is the point at which you can't drop any faster because the force of gravity pushing down equals the drag force pushing up. So the answer to the question is no, but you will keep falling, so you definitely want to open that parachute.

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How Do Cats Survive Falls from Great Heights?

How Do Cats Survive Falls from Great Heights?

Cats have been known to fall from great heights and still survive. How? It's a combination of how cats are built and the physics of terminal velocity. More...

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BBC
‘Super-Terminal’ Raindrops Break Speed Limit

‘Super-Terminal’ Raindrops Break Speed Limit

Raindrops are very difficult to quantify. Scientists have historically assumed that all raindrops fall at terminal velocity, but with new technology, Fernando Garcia-Garcia has shown that's not so! More...

Article
New Scientist
Falling Feather: Mechanics Science Project

Falling Feather: Mechanics Science Project

Galileo's famous experiment illustrating that objects fall at the same rate of acceleration is only true in a vacuum. Outdo Galileo by repeating his experiment in a vacuum with this activity! More...

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Exploratorium
Monkey Skydive

Monkey Skydive

What exactly is the terminal velocity of a monkey? Try this game to see if you can help the monkey skydiver land safely. More...

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HallPass.com
Resultant Forces and Terminal Velocity Activity

Resultant Forces and Terminal Velocity Activity

Learn more about resultant forces and terminal velocity with this interactive lesson from the BBC. More...

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BBC
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Terminal Velocity

Terminal Velocity

A falling object achieves terminal velocity when the downward force of gravity equals the force of drag. Learn what this means practically by exploring the physics of sky diving. More...

Video
SciShow
Terminal Velocity Quiz

Terminal Velocity Quiz

Do you think you've mastered terminal velocity? Test your knowledge with this quiz from Quibblo. More...

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Quibblo.com
The Science Behind Felix Baumgartner’s 128,000 Foot Skydive

The Science Behind Felix Baumgartner’s 128,000 Foot Skydive

Felix Baumgartner's 2012 attempt to break the sound barrier with the world's highest sky dive could have failed because of terminal velocity. Read this article to find out why it didn't. More...

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Discovery

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