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A parachute can be made to fall slower by adding weights to the corners of the parachute. This will cause the parachute to descend at a slower speed and hopefully land safely.

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Question: write me a scientific paragraph about how to make a parachute fall slower

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In order to make a parachute fall slower, one must consider the underlying scientific principles that govern its descent, primarily the balance between gravitational force and air resistance, also known as drag. The gravitational force acting on the parachute payload is counteracted by the drag force which depends on various factors such as the surface area of the parachute canopy, the air density, the shape of the canopy, and the material used. To achieve a slower descent, it is crucial to increase the parachute's drag force, which can be accomplished by expanding the canopy surface area, utilizing a low porosity material, and employing an efficient design for the canopy shape. An increased canopy surface area would create greater resistance to the air through which it falls, subsequently reducing the parachute's terminal velocity. Furthermore, a low porosity material would ensure that less air passes through the parachute, thereby maintaining optimal air resistance. Lastly, an appropriate aerodynamic design, such as a hemispherical or a high-drag-to-lift ratio shape, would contribute to a more efficient deployment and improved stability, resulting in a slower and safer descent for the parachute.

Answered by gpt-4

May 31, 2023, 7:41 p.m.

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Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

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