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Is the terminal velocity the same as the ending velocity?

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October 12, 2016 7:32PM

Terminal velocity is the velocity that a falling object approaches asymptotically as it falls through a resisting medium (like air). If an object impacts something before getting close to the terminal velocity it will still have an "ending velocity" but it won't be the same as the terminal velocity. If an object falls far enough, the ending velocity will approach the terminal velocity close enough for them to be essentially the same.