if heavier bodies are attracted more strongly by the earth, why don't they fall faster than the lighter bodies?

Asked by varonika | 6th Aug, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

The acceleration due to gravity is the only acceleration and agency that let's the body fall towards earth, and it's independent of the mass of the body. Imagine if an elephant and feather had to be dropped from certain tower, the acceleration acting on both is the g. So both will fall at the same rate, but it's due to the air resistance that the feather falls slowly, but if the experiment were to be carried out in vacuum, both will fall at the same rate.

Answered by  | 6th Aug, 2010, 09:46: PM

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