Physics of Skydiving
By Dane Lenaker
Web Project for Physics 211x Fall 2002
What Is Skydiving?
is an adrenaline-based sport with a fairly simple concept -- jump
from a high place (usually out of a plane) from several thousand
feet above sea level and hope and pray for a safe landing. This
safe landing is often times achieved through the use of a device
called a parachute, which enables the skydiver to reduce his speed
to such a point that colliding with the earth will not be fatal.
website will explain a few of the key concepts behind the physics
of skydiving. First we will explore why a skydiver accelerates after
he leaps out of the plane before his jump, second we will try and
explain the drag forces effecting the skydiver, and lastly we will
attempt to explain how terminal velocity works.