• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products via PF Here!

Do objects of different mass fall at the same rate?

  • Thread starter eve_23
  • Start date


Need Help!!!

Do objects of different mass fall at the same rate? If yes or no, why?

Thank you.
Objects of different masses fall with the same acceleration. This is because the acceleration due to gravity on the surface of the Earth is constant (in an ideal model) which equals 9.81 m/s^2. If you dropped a ten ton weight and a golf ball from a tower, they would hit the floor at the same time (not taking into account air resistance). However the force on the objects will be different. The larger the mass, the larger the force due to gravity.

Physics Forums Values

We Value Quality
• Topics based on mainstream science
• Proper English grammar and spelling
We Value Civility
• Positive and compassionate attitudes
• Patience while debating
We Value Productivity
• Disciplined to remain on-topic
• Recognition of own weaknesses
• Solo and co-op problem solving