# What is meant by 'terminal velocity' for a skydiver, and what forces are acting when a skydiver is falling at terminal velocity?

Mar 21, 2016

There are effectively two forces acting: gravity and air resistance. Gravity is easy: $F = m g$ where $m$ is the mass $\left(k g\right)$ and $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity $\left(N k {g}^{-} 1 = m {s}^{2}\right)$. See below for the air resistance.