Shooting a Falling Monkey

In the situation where a hunter shoots at a monkey hanging in a tree, and the monkey lets go, and falls at the same moment the dart is shot, the monkey and the dart both fall with the same acceleration do to gravity. If the initial aim is accurate, the dart will fall at the same rate as the monkey and hit its target. The monkey would see the dart come straight at him/her.

Furthermore, as long as the dart get to the monkey before it hits the ground, it doesn't matter how fast the dart is shoot, or how strong gravity is.

Vary the dart velocity and the strength of gravity in the interactive diagram above to see that this is true.

Subject Index for all interactive diagrams - Physics - Gravity - Shoot the Monkey

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