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The Safety Design of Parachute

  1. Nov 29, 2007 #1
    Hi there. Im new so I have no idea where to put this. I'd be glad if the moderator can help me put this in the right spot.

    So here is my question:

    What makes a parachute safe in a physics sense? I need a proper source. I've been looking for this for hours and I couldnt find anything off the net. Thanks.
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  3. Nov 30, 2007 #2


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    What is the function of a parachute?

    To provide safey, a parachute must limit the velocity of the person descending through the atmosphere so that person will land on the ground without injury.

    How does the parachute accomplish this?
  4. Dec 3, 2007 #3

    Im very to inform you this, but this doesnt help me at all. I know you're trying to say air resistance, but i need more specific and details example. Here are my questions .

    1. 1. Which factors or issues (political, economical, environmental, safety) have lead to the development of the device?
    2. What is the physics [forces and motion] behind the need for the device?
    3. What is the physics [forces and motion] behind the way the device functions?
    4. Give an historical perspective of how the device has been redesigned, tested, or refined overtime. (para [ against] chute [fall])
  5. Dec 3, 2007 #4


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    If you've come here for answers to your homework, then I'm afraid you're in the wrong place. We do not give "specific and detailed answers" here, and only provide help when the student shows his/her own work/efforts.

    If you've been looking for hours on the internet, you must've found something. What information do you have thus far? Is there anything from your text book or class notes that can help you?
  6. Dec 5, 2007 #5

    Hi there. I just wanted to know othe than air resistance (drag), what other forces or motions are in behind for the need of parachute. Thanks :P
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