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February 15, 2011

 

sky_diver

How Do Skydivers Control Their Terminal Velocity?

A skydiver's body is in a delicate balance. Gravity tugs her downward with a constant, relentless force, while air resistance pushes her upward.

February 14, 2011

 

Two men skydiving

The Physics Of Skydiving

Every skydiver experiences two different forces: the tug of gravity and the upward push of air resistance.

December 1, 2005

 

Physics of the Fall

Skydiving has become an increasingly popular sport, although most of us haven’t yet taken the plunge and only enjoy it from the sidelines. If you’ve seen video of skydivers in action, especially skydiving teams that link up to create formations, you might wonder how they do it. It’s a matter of elementary physics. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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