The force on a body resulting from it's motion through a fluid (gas or liquid). This force is directly opposed to the direction of travel.

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How to model drag coefficient during initial acceleration

Using a $0.4\text{ m}$ cubic parachute (cruciform design with holes in the corners for stability), a drag coefficient of about $1$ is expected for Reynolds numbers about $10^4$ (velocities about $1 ...
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What are the factors involved to survive an eleven story free fall? [on hold]

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/window-washer-falls-car-san-francisco-27099646 Am I the only one that thinks one could write an entire thesis on this subject?
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Force required to drive car

From what I know of Newtonian Mechanics, if an object is moving at a constant velocity, the net force acting on that object is equal to zero. If there is friction, then the applied force required to ...
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Does drag produce heat?

When a solid object moves through a fluid drag is produced. Does this drag produce heat? I believe drag should produce heat as it is the friction between fluid and surface of object. Is this true or ...
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Work due to air resistance

I was trying to find the distance a machine system I designed would potentially go. The machine works like this: A mass $M$ drops down and through a system of pulleys, pulls a wheel wound with the ...
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Friction because of Earth's rotation

Is there some force of friction that acts on bodies due to rotation of Earth. We all know earth is an non inertial frame. If there is some frictional force is there some way to prove it. What i mean ...
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Is there a difference between “No Air Resistance” and "Constant Air Resistance''?

Is there a difference between "No Air Resistance" and "Constant Air Resistance''? Like for example if we have two identical objects with different masses and we drop them from the same height. Will ...
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Does a ball spin more from left to right than it does from right to left?

I swear that in a manual on tennis published by the German Tennis Association (Deutscher Tennis Bund) it stated as fact that all things being equal a ball will move more from left to right than from ...
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Explain the terminal velocity equation [closed]

As explained by Method 1 on WikiHow, the equation for Terminal Velocity is: $$ V_T = \sqrt{2 \times m \times g \over ρ \times A \times C} $$ Some parts of this equation are self explanatory, and ...
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Do wind turbines convert the kinetic energy of air?

It is often said that wind turbines convert the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity. But in respect to horizontal wind turbines with airfoil shaped blades this is imho not the case. Wind ...
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How can I estimate the density of fog?

I'm working on investigating the effect fog has on drag. I have assumed an air density of $1.225 \frac{\text{kg}}{\text{m}^3}$ for dry air, but I don't know what value for density I could assume that ...
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Projectile motion, solved with perturbation theory [closed]

A ball is dropped from rest, the initial height is $h_1$. There is air resistance given by $-mkv$. In the downward motion, the equation of motion can by written as $$\dot v = -g-kv$$ with the y ...
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Which moves faster in a time $t$: $A$ or $B$? [closed]

Suppose we have two objects, $A$ and $B$, both made of the same substance. They also have the same shape (e.g. two spheres), but $A$ is larger and therefore more massive than $B$. Both $A$ and $B$ ...
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Equation for Terminal Velocity on an inclined plane and the time it takes to reach it

Now I'm doing a research on the matter similar to this thread : Terminal Velocity of identical shape/size objects which is very self explanatory and very helpful. However in my case, the objects will ...
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Benefits of rear spoiler in cars

What would be the benefits of rear spoilers in cars, like this one:
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Two bodies of equal mass thrown from a height-Practical physics question

I have a doubt about this question: Two bodies of masses $M$ and $m$ are allowed to fall from the same height. If the air resistance be the same for each of the bodies, will the two bodies reach ...
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How to find the maximum height with a loss of 5 J of energy due to air drag [closed]

Can someone please help me to figure out how to use the 5J of energy into my equation for the maximum height. I know that the maximum height is given by, $$h_{max}={(v_f-v_i)^2 \over 2g}$$ but I'm ...
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Who feel more impact of fall

A person jumping from a higher building is likely to suffer less injury than the person jumping from a short building as the person from large building fall long enough to attain drag force which ...
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Projectile motion with drag force of the form $\vec f =-k \vec v$ [closed]

An object is fired with initial velocity $v_0$ at inclination angle $\theta$ above the horizontal. Drag force in the air is taken into account and is of the form $\vec f =-k \vec v$. Knowing that the ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the linear coefficient in this ODE for projectile motion?

For the second order ODE governing the position of a projectile subject to air resistance $$ m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2} +k\frac{dx}{dt}+mg=0 \quad k>0, \> x(0)=0, \> x'(0)=V>0 $$ a ...
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Drag force on a flat plate

The solution for this apparently is $\frac{1}{2}C \rho A V^{2}$ where $C$ is the drag coefficient, $A$ is the area and $\rho$ and $V$ are the wind density and velocity. Let's do it without the drag ...
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Why do we use less fuel by driving at constant speed?

It is common practice to drive at constant speed as much as possible to reduce fuel consumption, or at least to avoid "pumping" on the throttle (at frequencies high enough that the lowpass filter does ...
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Why doesn't a tied balloon behave like a pendulum?

It is well known that a tied weight will oscilate under the effect of gravity if left from aside, like a pendulum. However, if we tie a helium balloon to the ground from and left it form the floor ...
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The effect of windspeed on a car

I've worked problems in the past in trig class concerning the effect of wind on the speed of a plane and it's flight path and was wondering if a similar thing occurs with a car. First off, I'm ...
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How to calculate the ship resistance caused by water viscosity

If there is a ship going in the sea at 50km/h, and a length of 5m, width of 2m, how do I calculate the ship resistance caused by water viscosity? in other words I want to calculate the drag Force that ...
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Calculating time to reach certain velocity with drag force

I was given a problem for homework where we needed to calculate the time for a falling object to reach a certain velocity when accounting for drag force. I did it by setting up acceleration as a ...
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Drag - Dimensional Analysis / Buckingham Pi

Dimensional Analysis / Buckingham Pi Theorem I'm working on dimensional analysis and I'm having trouble. Here's a problem from my book I'm working on for practice. I'm suppose to consider a small ...
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Buoyancy / Drag Problem

Buoyancy / Drag Problem Just a little bit of help would be nice. I have a spherical particle of radius $R$ and density $\rho$, surrounded in a fluid of density $\phi$ and viscosity $\eta$. I'm ...
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Projectile under quadratic air resistance force

So here's the problem background: A projectile of mass m is shot straight up with initial velocity $v_0$ and feels a quadratic air resistance force of the form $F = −kv^2$, where $k ≡ mg/u^2$. ($k$ ...
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Is air resistance affected by both mass and surface area?

If so, which has the biggest impact?
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Projectile with air resistance [duplicate]

If you have a projectile with these variables. $x_0 = 1v_{0x} = 70, y_0 = 0, v_{0y} = 80, a_x = 0, a_y = -9.8$ I know how to plot these points with this equation. $$ x = x0 + (v_{0x})t + 1/2((a_x)t^2) ...
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Add air resistance to projectile motion

I am given an initial x and y position and initial velocity and I was asked to graph the trajectory in 1 second intervals. This is what I have so far: If $x_0 = 1, v_{0x} = 70, y_0 = 0, v_{0y} = 80, ...
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What factors determine whether wind resistance will have an important effect?

What factors determine whether or not wind resistance will have an important effect on the trajectory of a projectile?
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What is the work done below proportional to? [closed]

A raindrop falls from a certain height to the ground, with a terminal velocity u. The viscous force is F = 6*3.14*n*r*v, where n is the coefficient of viscosity, r is the radius of the raindrop, and v ...
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Max speed as a function of engine power

My question started out as finding the maximum speed of a go kart, taking into account only the drag forces as force opposing the motor. I've done some investigation to find: $$ F_{drag}=\; ...
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What is the terminal velocity of a sheep?

Inspired by this question on Gaming.SE Using actual in-real-life physics, what would the terminal velocity of a sheep actually be? I would assume it would be around 50m/s, but I might be wrong. ...
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Confused about the theoretical origin of quadratic air drag [duplicate]

Though the mathematical concepts underlying quadratic air drag are quite straightforward (a single variable differential, just like the linear drag equation), my text book (and online text books) ...
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How to calculate the drag coefficient using terminal velocity?

I was wondering if it were possible to calculate the drag coefficient by allowing an object to reach terminal velocity. Can you rearrange the terminal velocity formula to give the drag coefficient?
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How much more efficient is a road bike than a mountain bike? [closed]

What would be a good estimate on the difference of efficiency between a road bike and a mountain bike? A number of links cite all the usual reasons: thinner tires, better aerodynamics... But I'm ...
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Time of flight for a projectile with stated initial velocity and size at various distances

I've been mooching round the internet looking for an answer to this one and can't find a ready resource, hence the question. In short, I'm trying to discover the flight time of a shotgun pellet at ...
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Which ball touches the ground first?

This is a very well known problem, but I can't find an answer in the specific case I'm looking for. Let's consider two balls : Ball 1 weighs 10 kg Ball 2 weighs 1 kg Balls have identical volumes ...
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Drag on a conductor moving in a uniform magnetic field

Given a conductor moving through a perfectly uniform magnetic field, what is the drag force experienced by the conductor (due to induced eddy currents, or any other magnetic interactions I may have ...
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Why do co-rotating vortices coalesce, but not counter-rotating ones?

In studying the aerodynamics of modern aircraft equipped with high-lift devices, I have discovered that quite a number of distinct trailing vortices are present in the immediate wake of an airplane in ...
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Is it possible to prove that projectiles with drag will not travel in a parabola under the theory of classical mechanics?

Can you prove that projectiles will travel in a parabola, provided the acceleration due to gravity $g$ does not vary significantly along the trajectory? This should take air resistance into account. I ...
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How should I throttle my rocket to reach highest altitude? [closed]

"Real world" problem. Suppose we want to launch a rocket equipped with an engine which can be throttled as we prefer. Suppose also that the amount of fuel burnt per time is directly proportional ...
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Does an object's kinetic energy increase, decrease, or stay constant when it reaches terminal velocity while falling?

Does an object's kinetic energy increase, decrease, or stay constant when it reaches terminal velocity while falling?
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Experiment - Measuring final velocity of a parachute

I'm working on a project that involves a scale parachute. It is vital for the project to get a good measurement of the speed it has when it lands. We still haven't built the parachute, but we need a ...
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Follow up question regarding: Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise

My first question was answered here: Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise . But based on that, here is a follow-up question (I also edited my first post with the ...
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Deceleration rate of objects of different mass but the same otherwise

Using a tennis ball as an example object, if one ball weighs 1 ounce and the other is 2 ounces, and both are struck at 100 mph on the same trajectory, would there be any difference in the deceleration ...
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Uses of the Reynolds number

I have seen a lot of places talking about the Reynolds number and how it is calculated, but I have never seen an equation that actually made use of this number to calculate lift, drag, or other ...