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Investigating the factors affecting the speed at which a parachute falls.

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GCSE Forces and Motion

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Parachute Investigation - Year 10

Investigating the factors affecting the speed at which a parachute falls.

Introduction

We are going to investigate a factor that will affect the speed of a parachute.

Planning

The factors that will affect the speed of the parachute are;

Weight/ Mass - If the weight or mass is increased the downwards force will

increase, making the parachute fall faster.

Surface Area - If the surface area is increased the upwards force will increase

making the parachute fall slower.

We are going to investigate the weight or the mass. I predict that if the weight or mass is increased the parachute will fall faster. It will fall slower if the surface area is increased. I also think that in both experiments the parachute would accelerate constantly until the upwards and downwards forces are equal and the parachute meets its terminal velocity.

We will measure the time in seconds and the mass in grams. We will drop the parachute from the same height each time for reliable results.

Detailed Planning

Factors that could affect the speed:

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