Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 4 - Think and Explain: 92

Answer

The terminal speed after the parachute opens is slower than the terminal speed before it opens. The large area of the opened parachute means that the parachutist can fall more slowly and still feel the same drag force as before. This slower terminal speed allows the parachutist to make a safe landing.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on pages 65-66.
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