1. This is a question that was put into my head watching the Superman movie trailer, so forgive the pretense!

If an object falling to earth reaches its terminal velocity, is it possible for that velocity to be exceeded if a force is introduced that exerts on the object toward Earth... for the purposes of the pretense, lets say Superman is pushing an object that has reached terminal velocity toward earth. Can the object exceed terminal velocity due to this force?

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3. yes, till it reaches the new termal velocity

4. Yes, terminal velocity does change if the eronvirement changes 2.

The rock may also burn up or scatter due to it's high tv.

5. Originally Posted by thehumph
This is a question that was put into my head watching the Superman movie trailer, so forgive the pretense!

If an object falling to earth reaches its terminal velocity, is it possible for that velocity to be exceeded if a force is introduced that exerts on the object toward Earth... for the purposes of the pretense, lets say Superman is pushing an object that has reached terminal velocity toward earth. Can the object exceed terminal velocity due to this force?
it's the air resistance that opposes a body's speed due to its weight, as the body gains speed the air resistance acting on the body increases, eventually the resistance equals the weight and no net force is acting on th body, now if some1 applies a force on the body on the downward direction, the body can be sayed to have greater weight with the same shape and volume and surface area, so now there is a net force acting downwards and causing the body to accelerate, Until ! the air resistance again equal its weight(the new weight),,,,,
the answer, simply, is YES! it can exceed the terminal velocity.

6. yes it can

7. Superman, according to non scientific sources, has a type of aura barrier which extends around any relatively small objects, allowing the object to reach speeds greater than it's own terminal velocity but the highest speed that i know that Superman travels at which is approximately Mach 9

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9. No. Absolutely not! Superman's push is an increase in total external force applied--not a change in weight of the object.

Weight is a determination of the affect of gravity against the mass of an object: W = M * g

Weight and drag are forces which are vector quantities. The net external force F is then equal to the difference of the weight W and the drag D: F = W - D

Drag increases with the square of velocity. When drag is equal to the weight, there is no net force on the object: F = D - W = 0

Then: Cd (p * V / 2)^2 * A = W

Where Cd = Drag Coefficient, p = gas density, V = velocity, & A = frontal area

An object which is falling through the atmosphere is subjected to two external forces. One force is the gravitational force, expressed as the weight of the object. The other force is the air resistance, or drag of the object. If the mass of an object remains constant, the motion of the object can be described by Newton's second law of motion, force (F) equals mass (M) times acceleration (a): F = m * a
which can be solved for the acceleration of the object in terms of the net external force and the mass of the object: a = F / m

The acceleration of a falling object then becomes: a = (W - D) / m

So as an object falls, we quickly reach conditions where the drag becomes equal to the weight, if the weight is small. When drag is equal to weight, there is no net external force on the object and the vertical acceleration goes to zero. With no acceleration, the object falls at a constant velocity as described by Newton's first law of motion. The constant vertical velocity is called the terminal velocity.

Using algebra, we can determine the value of the terminal velocity. At terminal velocity: D = W; or Cd * r * V ^2 * A / 2 = W

Solving for the vertical velocity, we obtain the equation: V = sqrt ( (2 * W) / (Cd * p * A).

Conclusion: Superman's push will increase the ACCELERATION up to Terminal Velocity, but will NOT change the maximum speed. For Terminal Velocity to change, you must change the size and/or shape of the asteroid, altering the drag coefficient.

HOWEVER, the terminal velocity with DECREASE as the asteroid falls, falling through progressively thicker atmosphere, increasing the gas density--causing it to actually slow down as it continues to fall, after it's reached Terminal Velocity.

10. what waste of time

11. Originally Posted by Gawain_VIII
An object which is falling through the atmosphere is subjected to two external forces.
And yet, as YOU posted:
Superman's push is an increase in total external force applied
I.e. it will go faster.

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