# 2. Consider a skydiver who has stepped from a helicopter and is falling through air. Before she reaches terminal speed and long before she opens her parachute, does her speed (a) increase, (b) decrease, or (c) stay constant?

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2. Consider a skydiver who has stepped from a helicopter
and is falling through air. Before she reaches terminal
speed and long before she opens her parachute, does
her speed (a) increase, (b) decrease, or (c) stay constant?

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Step 1

When the skydiver jumps from the helicopter, the initial velocity of the skydiver is zero.

Step 2

The downward acceleration caused by the gravitational force.

Step 3

The upward force reduces the accele...

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