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CH 10 Section 2 Notes Forces - Terminal Velocity Objectives: By the end of this presentation, you should be able to: Describe and explain what is meant by terminal velocity. Describe and explain how forces change on a falling object.

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Terminal Velocity Consider a skydiver: 1)At the start of his jump the air resistance is _______ so he accelerates downwards. 2) As his speed increases his air resistance will _______ 3) Eventually the air resistance will be big enough to _______ the skydiver’s weight. At this point the forces are balanced so his speed becomes ________ - this is called _. zero increase balance constant

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How the forces change with time. KEY: Weight is a constant value and is always present. Air Resistance is proportional to the speed. Resultant Force - the bigger the unbalanced force, the greater the acceleration.

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Terminal Velocity Consider a skydiver: 4) When he opens his parachute the air resistance suddenly ________. This causes him to start _______________. 5) Because he is slowing down, his air resistance will _______ until it balances his _________. The skydiver has now reached a new, lower ________________. increases slowing down decrease weight terminal velocity

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Velocity-time graph for the sky diver Velocity Time Speed increases… Terminal velocity reached… Parachute opens – diver slows down New, lower terminal velocity reached Diver hits the ground On the Moon

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