Dropping Items While in Freefall
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.
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.
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