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What a Drag!


No, no, no, not that kind of drag. This project is to show you how air has resistance, or how it can slow you (or an object) down.

Materials Required:

    1. Two sheets of writing paper
    2. chair.

Crumple one sheet into a ball, then stand on a stable chair (be very careful when you do this, otherwise you will quickly learn all about gravity). Hold the non-crumpled sheet horizontal (parallel to the ground) with one hand and the balled-up paper in the other. Drop both.

Kid on chair w/paper

The balled paper will reach the floor first because it has less resistance to the air.