Parachute Toy

Purpose

To demonstrate how a parachute quickly reaches its terminal velocity.

Equipment

Parachute pre-assembled to rocket, as photograaphed.

Images

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Description

The parachute is thrown into the air attached to a heavier weight. It opens as it begins to descend, quickly reaching its terminal velocity.◙

References

David Auerbach, The parachute paradox, AJP 62, 1041 (1994).