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As the skydiver falls faster and faster, the amount of air resistance increases more and more until it approaches the magnitude of the force of gravity. Once the force of air resistance is as large as the force of gravity, a balance of forces is attained and the skydiver no longer accelerates.

## What affects free fall acceleration?

The acceleration of the object equals the gravitational acceleration. The mass, size, and shape of the object are not a factor in describing the motion of the object. So all objects, regardless of size or shape or weight, free fall with the same acceleration.

## What affects how fast a falling object accelerates?

Gravity causes an object to fall at a faster and faster velocity the longer the object falls. All falling objects accelerate at the same rate due to gravity unless air resistance affects one more than another.

## Does speed increase in free fall?

Without the effects of air resistance, the speed of an object free falling toward Earth would increase by about 32 ft (9.8 m) per second every second. … A skydiver’s speed will continue to increase until the pull of gravity equals the air resistance pushing against them (or until they deploy their parachute).

## What controls how fast an object falls?

How fast something falls due to gravity is determined by a number known as the “acceleration of gravity”, which is 9.81 m/s^2 at the surface of our Earth. Basically this means that in one second, any object’s downward velocity will increase by 9.81 m/s because of gravity.

## Why does an object accelerate during free fall?

The acceleration of the falling object is due to the force of gravity between the object and the earth.

## What is the acceleration of a free-falling object?

With algebra we can solve for the acceleration of a free falling object. The acceleration is constant and equal to the gravitational acceleration g which is 9.8 meters per square second at sea level on the Earth.

## What factors affect the fall of the object?

Drag and gravity are two factors that affect the rate an object falls through air. If the gravity (relative to Earth’s gravity) is greater, the rate would change very quickly from slow to fast, but if the gravity is weaker, it would change slower. Drag slows down an object depending on it’s aerodynamics.

## How fast does a skydiver fall?

How Fast Do You Fall When Skydiving? If you want the short answer: really, really fast. About 120 mph (200 kph)!

## Is a skydiver who has reached terminal speed in free fall?

Once the force of air resistance is as large as the force of gravity, a balance of forces is attained and the skydiver no longer accelerates. The skydiver is said to have reached a terminal velocity.

## Does acceleration increase as an object falls?

, Self-study 1973-2019. Gravity force increases as the distance between two masses decreases, and the rate of acceleration also increases when an object is dropping because g is less at high altitude and greater closer to the surface of the earth.