1C20.11 Book and Paper Drop

Concepts

Air resistance

Overview

When dropped, paper slowly wafts down while the textbook accelerates at g. When both are dropped simultaneously with the paper on top, both fall at the rate of the book since the book is pushing the air out of the way.

Details

Equipment

  • [1] Book
  • [1] Sheet of paper

Script

  1. Drop the paper and book simultaneously and side-by-side.
  2. Place the paper on top of the book and drop both at the same time.

Additional Resources

References

  • PIRA 1C20.11

Disclaimer

  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2019

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