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Which of the following freely falling object will have maximum acceleration in a vacuum?

1. Iron rod

2. Cotton piece

3. Plastic piece


1. Iron rod
2. Cotton piece
3. Plastic piece
4. All of the above will have same acceleration.

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : All of the above will have same acceleration.

CONCEPT:

  • Gravitational acceleration: An acceleration that an object receives due to the force of gravity acting on it.
  • Gravitational Acceleration: It is calculated by using the formula

\(g = {GM\over R^2}\)

where g is the gravitational acceleration, G is the gravitational constant, M is the mass of the earth and R is the radius of the earth.

EXPLANATION:

  • When an object freely falls in a vacuum at the earth's surface, it falls with gravitational acceleration g.

The gravitational acceleration \(g = {GM\over R^2}\) of any object depends on the mass of the earth M, the radius of the earth R.

  • It does not depend on the mass of the object or the size of the object.
  • So all objects will have the same acceleration.
  • Hence the correct answer is option 4.

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