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Q & A: Falling Objects

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Would a ten pound bowling ball fall at the same rate as a golf ball dropped from the empire state bulding
- Anonymous
A:
If you ignore air resistance, all objects fall with the same acceleration, no matter how big or heavy. If you take into account the effect if the air, it gets a bit more complicated. My guess is that the bowling ball would hit the ground first (see the explanation to another problem we just answered: )

Mats

(published on 10/22/2007)

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