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Because while a larger mass has a proportionally greater inertia (resistance to movement) than a smaller one, the pull of gravity also affects it that much more. The net result is to exactly cancel out the forces, allowing all objects within a given gravitational field (regardless of their mass) to fall at the same rate... unless there's another force, like air resistance on a feather, to tip the balance.

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As a disclaimer, I am not a scientist nor a physicist... but this answer should suffice for those looking for a general answer.

These objects will hit the ground at the same time. Here's why I believe that to be true for the casual observer: both object are more or less not affected by the resistance offered by the air they will fall through, especially at a distance of 3 feet, thus, they hit the ground at the same time.

If one of the objects was light enough or otherwise affected by air (such as a feather or a sheet of paper), then they may not since air will tend to be resistant to the object falling through it and tend to "hold it up". I believe in a pure vacuum, even a feather and a Bowling ball would fall at the same rate and hit the ground together because there would be no resistance and equal gravity pulling on each.

Q: Why will a 15 pound bowling ball and a 3 pound horseshoe dropped from the same height both hit the ground at the same time?

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Assuming both were dropped from the same height above ground, in a vacuum both would hit the ground at the same time. In a significant atmosphere (e.g. average ground-level on Earch) the bowling ball would hit the ground first.

A bowling ball and a soccer ball, dropped from the same height will hit the ground at exactly the same time.

Still accelerating til it hits earth. ====================================== The height from which she dropped the ball is irrelevant. In any case, the ball was most likely moving at the greatest speed just as it hit the ground. The answer to the question is: zero.

Still accelerating til it hits earth. ====================================== The height from which she dropped the ball is irrelevant. In any case, the ball was most likely moving at the greatest speed just as it hit the ground. The answer to the question is: zero.

The most massive one. That's PROBABLY the bowling ball.

If they are released at the same time at the same height they will hit the ground at the same time.

The height of a bowling pin is 15 inches.

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as done in Galileo's experiment when he dropped a large rock and a feather from a tall tower both hit the ground at the same moment when dropped from the same height.

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