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Why Gravity Causes Things to Fall

If something is dropped, why does it fall? GRAVITY is the reason, of course, but why? What is it about gravity that causes things to drop to the ground?

This section allows you to explore how things fall because of gravity, by allowing you to drop a tennis ball off of various objects, like bridges and tables. Just fill in the blanks below to create your scene, then click "Go!"

Try it! Let's drop something...

  • From what object would you like to drop the ball?

  • From how far up do you wish to drop the ball?

  • Show the ball's trail

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