When gravitational forces and air resistance equalize on an object that is falling toward Earth and the object stops accelerating, what is the velocity of an object called?

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Terminal velocity


Gravity initially accelerates an object falling at the rate of # 32 (ft)/s^2#

The faster the object falls the greater the air resistance. Terminal velocity is reached when the force due to air resistance (upward) equals the force due to gravity (downward). At terminal velocity there is no net force and therefore no further acceleration.