Asked Sep 20, 2019

How does mass affect the rate of acceleration in free fall:
a) In air?
b) In a vacuum?


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(a) Mass affects the rate of free fall, when an object falls in the air. This is because, objects feel air resistance while falling in the air. Air resistance acts in a direction opposite to the velocity of the falling object and opposes the motion of the object. Lighter objects feel more air resistance and heavy objects feel less air resistance. So, net acceleration reduces as the mass of the object decrea...

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