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Q: What causes falling objects to reach top velocity?
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What causes a falling object to reach terminal velocity?

Its the air resistance that causes the free falling body to reach its terminal velocity

How does acceleration affect falling objects?

As objects fall, they are accelerated by the force of gravity, which causes them to continually fall faster, until they either reach the ground, or until they reach what is known as terminal velocity, which is the speed at which air resistance is equal to the force of gravity, so that the falling object does not accelerate any more.

The greatest velocity a falling object can reach?

"terminal velocity"

Is terminal velocity the highest velocity that a falling object will reach?

Absolutely correct.

Is it ok if falling objects are not exactly 9.8?

Objects in freefall only accelerate at 9.8m/s2 if air resistance is ignored. Because friction will gradually cause a falling object to reach terminal velocity, most objects won't accelerate at exactly 9.8m/s2.

What is the highest velocity a falling object will reach?

ahhh physics.......i love it.... but it is terminal velocity :)

What is the fastest an object can fall called?

When objects fall gravity causes them to increase their speed. The speed would continue to increase if there was no atmosphere. But the atmosphere causes friction which prevents the object from continually increasing its speed. At some point in the fall the object reaches what is called its "terminal velocity". This is the maximum speed it reaches when the frictional force prevents it from going any faster. The terminal velocity of falling objects depends on their shape and mass so it is different for different objects. Also some objects take a long time to reach their terminal velocity so they have to be dropped from very high up in order to have time to reach terminal velocity before hitting the ground.

Does every falling object reach terminal velocity?

No. It may crash before it does so. Or air resistance may simply be negligible, as in objects in outer space.

When a object falls what does it reach because of air resistance?

When an object falls, air resistance causes it to reach a terminal velocity. After that, it does not increase the speed of falling, no matter how far it has still to fall.

Why do falling objects reach a terminal velocity?

At a certain speed, the downward pull of gravity will be compensated by the upward force of air resistance - so the object will no longer accelerate.

What is the greates velocity a falling object can reach called?

The fastest velocity a falling object can reach is called its terminal velocity. This happens when the force of air resistance is equal to the downwards force of weight (gravity), so the object is in equilibrium, and thus reaches a constant velocity.

Does Terminal velocity is the highest velocity that a falling object will reach?

Yes. - And please don't combine "does" and "is" in the same question that way.

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