There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.

- Einstein

 What did Galileo teach the world about falling bodies? Galileo (1564 - 1642) Credit: Original portrait by Justus Sustermans painted in 1636.

Questions to ponder

1. Describe the motion of a falling body.

2. What are the forces affecting the motion of a falling body?

3. In the absence of air friction, how would the acceleration of a large mass compare with the acceleration of a small mass?

Free Fallin'

Video Instruction

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I. Motion of objects moving freely under the force of gravity.

Freefall - falling where the only force is gravity

 "Do the examples below show freefall?"

Guy jumps from the 3rd floor onto a tree. Wild stuff

Galileo (1564 - 1642)

Credit: Original portrait by
Justus Sustermans painted in 1636.

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Free Fall - D vs. t Plot
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Distance and Time
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 All objects falling near the surface of the earth accelerate at a constant rate  of -9.8 m/s2 (neglecting air resistance)

g = - 9.8 m/s2

Rounding off g we get -10 m/s2

Ex) An object thrown upward at
+40 m/s

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An object is thrown up at a velocity of 30 m/s

About how long will it take to hit the ground?

6 seconds

 V (m/s) Time (sec) 30 0 20 1 10 2 0 3 -10 4 -20 5 -30 6

Draw the V vs t Plot

A. Motion diagram for free fall on any planet or moon

 Acceleration due to gravity is CONSTANT near the surface of any planet  or moon.

Label the slope pictured above
that could be Jupiter? Moon?

Top Line: Jupiter

Bottom Line: Moon

D vs t - free fall

A ball is thrown upward.
What's the acceleration
due to gravity at the peak?

-9.8 m/s2

AP Question

Ex) Compare the displacement of an object dropped during its first second with its  displacement after 3 seconds.

Δd = Vit + 1/2aΔt2

Δd = 1/2aΔt2

9 times greater

 Free Fall Problems

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