Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

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Does surface area affect air resistance?

Second Year Physics pupils have been investigating 'Air Resistance'. In small groups, they made three parachutes, each of a different area to determine if surface area affects the air resistance. They timed how long it took for each parachute to fall to the floor and repeated this three times. They then calculated the average for each of the three parachutes. They discovered that the larger the area, the longer it took for the parachute to fall to the floor!