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The relationship between the shape of a parachute and its drop velocityFeatured science projectScience project video

Observation

The round parachute took the longest amount of time to land and the triangular parachute took the least amount of time.

Shapes of parachutes

Drop height (mm)

Drop time (s)

Drop velocity (mm/s)

Triangle

4800

2.9

1655.2

Square

4800

3.3

1454.5

Rectangle

4800

3.1

1548.4

Round

4800

3.6

1333.3

 

The chart below represents the results of our science experiment

Parachute shape and drop velocity

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
It will take an hour to set up the science fair project, and an hour to conduct it
Material availability:
The materials can be purchased from a hardware store.
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements. Adult supervision recommended.