Terminal velocity is the maximum velocity an object reaches when it is falling under the force of gravity or another constant driving force. The object is subject to a resistance that increases as the velocity increases,... More » Science Physics Motion & Mechanics

The terminal velocity of the average-sized house cat is 60 miles per hour. This is assuming that the cat has all four limbs extended, increasing its drag relative to its weight. More » Pets & Animals Pets Cats

The terminal velocity of a free-falling human depends on the mass and density of the person. In general, the heavier the body, the longer it can accelerate before drag holds it at a constant speed. For a typical human, t... More » Science Human Anatomy
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Terminal speed, also known as terminal velocity, is the maximum speed of a falling object when it can no longer accelerate from the gravitational pull or any constant force. This is due to air resistance negating the for... More » Science Physics Motion & Mechanics

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Terminal velocity is the velocity at which an object in freefall no longer accelerates due to gravity because the drag force of the surrounding air equals the gravitational force of Earth. Objects with more mass have mor... More » Science Physics Motion & Mechanics