Dropping Items While in Freefall ```Name: Bill Status: student Age: N/A Location: N/A Country: N/A Date: N/A ``` Question: My question pertains to a scene in the movie "Shoot Em Up". I had an argument with a friend about (in my opinion) an error in the movie. Two men had fallen out of an airplane and one man released his gun. The gun fell faster than the two men although they did not appear to be in a position where drag would affect the rate at which they were falling. They also would have had enough time to achieve maximum velocity. If two objects of different sizes and different weights are dropped from and equal height would they fall at the same rate? This excludes light items such as a feather or a balloon. I say they would fall at the same rate. Please help with this and explain why. Replies: Bill, two objects of similar density will fall at the same rate. Objects which are less dense (feathers and balloons) will fall more slowly in an atmosphere. On the other hand, denser objects, (say a piece of steel fashioned into the shape of say, a handgun) will fall more quickly. Ryan Belscamper Click here to return to the Physics Archives

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