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An Investigation into how the Area of a Parachute Affects the Speed that the Parachute falls from a set height.

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  • Submitted: 30/09/2003
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GCSE Forces and Motion

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An Investigation into how the Area of a Parachute Affects the Speed that the Parachute falls from a set height.

Introduction

In this investigation I will test five different sized parachutes to find out weather the bigger the parachute is the slower it falls. I am going to try and keep the test as fair as possible but there are a lot of things that can affect the experiment so the results might not be entirely accurate.

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Method

Firstly I decided what size range of the parachute I was going to use I decided that the range would be 15cm diameter to 35 cm diameter going up in 5cm intervals because the material I was going to use was to small to get use any bigger sizes than that. Below is a table of information about the range I have chosen.

Diameter

Radius

Area (? x r?)

15 cm

7.5 cm

177 cm?

20 cm

10 cm

314 cm?

25 cm

12.5 cm

491 cm?

30 cm

15 cm

707 cm?

35 cm

17.5 cm

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