How do Parachutes Work?
A parachute is a device used to slow down an object that is falling towards the ground.
There are two forces acting on the falling person:
- Gravity (Upwards)
- Air resistance (Downwards)
Without a parachute, the gravity is more than air resistance. However, as the parachute opens, the air resistance increases. Now, air resistance is more than gravity.
This slows down the parachute and the person can land safely on the ground.
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