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# How Does a Parachute Work?

Physics | 9-13 yrs | Video, Animation

## 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:

1. Gravity (Upwards)
2. 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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good video but air resistance cant be bigger than gravity cause that would mean you would fly higher

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Video is a great way for explaining things. This however is a bit confusing: if air resistance is more than gravity then the parachute should rise up and not fall down?