Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 4 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 29

Answer

The frontal area of the falling object, and its speed, affect the force of air resistance. The parachutes are said to have the same size/area. The heavier parachutist must be falling faster for the force of air resistance to balance his/her weight. See Figure 4.15 on page 66.
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