# Is it better to have a big or small parachute?

## Is it better to have a big or small parachute?

The size of the parachute affects the speed of falling because a larger parachute allows it to displace more air, causing it to fall more slowly. If you consider the extreme example of no parachute, an object will fall quickly.

## What is the best shape for a homemade parachute?

The circle parachute should demonstrate the slowest average descent rate because its natural symmetrical shape would be the most efficient design to maximize wind resistance and create drag.

What makes a perfect parachute?

Due to the resistance of air, a drag force acts on a falling body (parachute) to slow down its motion. The larger the object, the greater its air resistance. Parachutes use a large canopy to increase air resistance. This gives a slow fall and a soft landing.

### How do you make a big parachute at home?

Activity

1. Cut your paper into a square.
2. Punch a hole in each corner of the square.
3. Tie a piece of string to each corner.
4. Tie the free ends of the strings to your washer or other weight.
5. Test your parachute! Stand up tall and let it drop.

### What happens if a parachute is too big?

How large a parachute is (in other words, the parachute’s surface area) affects its air resistance, or drag force. The larger the parachute, the greater the drag force. In the case of these parachutes, the drag force is opposite to the force of gravity, so the drag force slows the parachutes down as they fall.

How big of a parachute do I need?

RECOMMENDED PARACHUTE SIZES Rockets 12″ to 18″ tall – use a 12″ chute. Rockets 18″ to 24″ tall – use a 12″ or 18″ chute. Rockets 24″ and taller – use a 18″ or 24″ chute.

#### How big should a parachute be?

Expert skydivers use parachutes that range in size from 80 square feet to 200 square feet. Newbies and expert divers use parachute sizes that are based on weight. However, some experts use parachutes that are small for their weight to gain a faster descent.

#### Why do you put a hole in a parachute?

Air resistance or drag pushes against objects when they fall. Parachutes catch a lot of air, creating a lot of drag. Some parachutes have a hole in the center to release air in a controlled way. It makes the chute more stable, with only a minimal change in drag.

How do you make a parachute to hold an egg?

Thread a piece of string through each hole in the bag and secure by tying the string firmly on each corner. Place one egg into the plastic sandwich bag, twist the top of the bag and tie closed with the loose ends of strings. This will also attach the parachute to the bag holding the egg.

## How do you make a parachute slower?

The larger the surface area, the more air resistance and the slower the parachute will drop. Cutting a small hole in the middle of the parachute will allow air to slowly pass through it rather than spilling out over one side, this should help the parachute fall straighter.

## How do you make a parachute out of plastic?

Using a hole punch – punch the holes in the along edge of the plastic. A minimum of four holes should be enough. Be careful not to rip the holes—you will be using them to tie your string to the plastic. Measure 4 (or more) lengths of string that are the same size. Tie the strings to the parachute.

How many holes do you need for a parachute?

A minimum of four holes should be enough. Be careful not to rip the holes—you will be using them to tie your string to the plastic. Measure 4 (or more) lengths of string that are the same size. Tie the strings to the parachute.

### What kind of material do you use for a parachute?

Choose your plastic material. Anything from a plastic slip-cover to a garbage can bag can work well. Make sure it’s loose and flexible. Draw a large circle on your plastic. Make it as even as possible so you don’t end up with a lop-sided parachute.

### What’s the best place to put a parachute?

The air pushes the parachute back up and creates a force opposite to the force of gravity. • A safe, high surface, about two meters from the ground. A good place may be a secure balcony, deck or playground platform. • Cut open the garbage bag to make a flat sheet of plastic.