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Dropped Ball and Paper

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A bowling ball and a sheet of paper are both dropped at the same time from the same height above the ground, on Earth in the absence of air resistance.

Which one hits the ground first, and why?

A

The bowling ball hits the ground first, because Earth's gravity pulls with a larger force on the ball.

B

The paper hits the ground first, because Earth's gravity pulls with a larger force on the paper.

C

Both objects hit the ground at the same time, because when Earth's gravity pulls with different forces on the two objects, the resulting acceleration of the objects is the same.

D

Both objects hit the ground at the same time, because Earth's gravity pulls with equal forces on both objects.