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Why does a human have a different terminal velocity to a mouse?

Why does a human have a different terminal velocity to a mouse?
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Key Info
  • Why does a human have a different terminal velocity to a mouse?
  • Duration: 03:29
  • Dr Yan Wong uses modelling clay to demonstrate how scaling a mouse up by a factor of ten in length causes it's area and drag to increase by a factor of 100, while its weight increases by a factor of 1000, so increasing its terminal velocity. Published as part of the Bang Goes the Theory website bbc.co.uk/bang/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Forces - Motion

  • Keywords: acceleration, gravity, friction, physics, BangGoesTheTheory
Ideas for use in class
  • Terminal velocity can be quite hard to demonstrate, but this provides an engaging way to show students what factors determine it.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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