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Help on a rather simple physics question

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1. Homework Statement
Suppose you drop a feather and a steel ball of equal masses (0.014 kg) at the same time from a height of 1.5 m and you are told that the feather hits the floor 3.5 s after the steel ball. Estimate the value of the terminal velocity of the feather in air.

Estimate the feather's drag coefficient.


2. Homework Equations

v=mg/c

3. The Attempt at a Solution

I assumed the drag on the steel ball is negligible. So i used r=vit +.5at^2 to find the time it takes for it reach the ground. I then added 3.5s and used another kinematic equation to find the final velocity or terminal velocity. I then plugged the answer into the above equation to find c. it was wrong
 

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What does the v-t graph of the feather look like?
i.e. do the kinematic equations even apply to it's motion?

Consider: if the air-resistance for the steel ball can be neglected - so it never reaches it's terminal velocity - then what is the case for the feather? How long does it take the feather to reach it's terminal velocity?
 
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Assume that the feather reaches its terminal velocity instantaneously. How far did it fall? How many seconds did it take to fall this distance? What was its velocity?
 

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