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Parachute Drop Velocity

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Ever wondered how the shape of a parachute affects its drop velocity? In this science project, you'll explore the relationship between the shape of a parachute and its drop velocity.


The hypothesis is that among the parachutes, the round parachute will take the longest to land.

Method & Materials

You will cut shapes from plastic bags, punch holes in the corners, tie strings to the holes, and measure the drop speed of the parachutes.
You will need 4 plastic bags, 15 threads, 4 washers, a measuring tape, a stopwatch, an assistant, and a building with a balcony on its second floor.


The results of the experiment showed that the round parachute took the longest amount of time to land and the triangular parachute took the least amount of time. The hypothesis holds true: among the parachutes, the round one took the longest amount of time to land.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it explores the relationship between the shape of a parachute and its drop velocity. It also provides insight into how parachutes are used in military and cargo drops, as well as extreme sports.

Also Consider

Consider using parachutes that have different surface areas, or dropping the parachutes from different heights.

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