Many of us have no clue as to how or why many of the common everyday things around us work or function like they do. Everyone has personally experienced this many times and we would like to take the opportunity to clarify one of the biggest misconceptions held for the longest time. That of 'velocity and free fall'.
The common misconception is that the longer you fall under the influence of gravity, the faster you fall and therefore the more it hurts when you hit the ground. Right? We think its pretty safe to assume we all agree there. But we're all wrong!!!. We have not taken into account the effect of air resistance and the effect of something called "Terminal Velocity". According to this theory, we don't gain speed indefinitely as we fall. We gain speed, but only upto a certain point, after which we are falling at the same speed for the rest of the way down. All of this might not make much sense at first but hopefully we will be able to clarify all doubts by the time we are finished.