# What is the net force on a skydiver falling at terminal velocity?

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## What is the net force on the skydiver after the terminal velocity is reached?

At a certain, very high, speed the upward drag force is equal to the pull of gravity on them. Once this speed is reached there is no more speeding up. The skydiver continues to fall at this terminal speed . The resultant force on the skydiver is zero: equilibrium.

## What forces are acting on a skydiver?

Air resistance is the frictional force acting on an object (the skydiver) and the air around them. Frictional forces always oppose motion (1).

## Do heavier skydivers fall faster?

Heavier skydivers will fall faster

The heavier the skydiver’s body the faster it will fall toward the ground due to greater terminal velocity. This is evident from the equation of terminal velocity.

## What is the net force acting on a 10 kg freely falling object?

Answer and Explanation: A 10 N freely falling object will have a net force of 10 N acting on it.

## What is the net force of a free falling object when terminal velocity is reached?

When terminal velocity is reached, the downward force of gravity is equal to the sum of the object’s buoyancy and the drag force. An object at terminal velocity has zero net acceleration.

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## What animals can survive terminal velocity?

Any rodent the size of a squirrel or smaller can survive terminal velocity. Bears and mountain lions cannot, but seem ok after landing on their head from a tree height according to videos. This is a cat falling 80 plus feet on to concrete and walking away.