Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 4 - Think and Discuss: 117

Answer

Yes, a sheet of paper falls more slowly than a wadded piece of paper.

Work Step by Step

Try it out and see! A sheet of paper presents a large surface area to the air. The open sheet falls slowly for air resistance to equal the weight of the paper. The wadded paper falls quickly for air resistance to equal the weight of the paper.
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