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People keep telling me that things with always land at the same time, even if they're different weights, but they don't! Why is that?

A:

Gravity pulls everything down at the same rate of 9.8 m/s^2, so no matter the mass, things will always land at the same time.

 

However, on earth we have a lot of air. Air creates drag, which slows some things more than others, depending on their surface area. Because of this, objects will not land at the same time - but in a vaccum, they would.

 

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