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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“Simple” air resistance question

Two balls with exactly the same size and shape, but different mass, are launched at the same velocity 90 degrees to a flat plane. When air resistance is considered, the object with the larger mass ...
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Free fall vs throw with air resistance

If I let a stone drop from a certain height and throw a stone from a certain height, with air resistance, which will reach the ground first? When I draw a free body diagram the air resistance in the ...
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Projectile motion with air friction force/resistance [closed]

We have to find the x (the distance, if you didn't know that then I'm not sure if you should be doing this problem) that the projectile travel during the time in the air until the time it hits the ...
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Why do archery arrows tilt downwards in their descent?

In the movies, arrows shot into the air rotate so that during the descent, the arrow head hits ground first. What is the source of this angular momentum? It would seem that the bow string exerts a ...
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Maximum range in projectile motion (elliptical path)

Elementary Newtonian mechanics tells us that if a projectile is shot at 45 degrees from the ground, and a downward gravitational field is acting on it, it will follow a parabolic path and achieve ...
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Effect of atmospheric drag on earth's rotation

Okay, so I had a question answered regarding the earth rotating and planes flying east and west but one part of the answer talked about how the atmosphere is moving along with the earth (same angular ...
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Air friction at supersonic velocities

I know that if an object moves in the air, it can experience two types of drag, laminar and turbulent. For instance, I have a meteor of ideal spherical shape falling from edge of space, say, 100 km up ...
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Animating Differential Equations

I was tasked with creating a $3D$ animation in Mathematica, which aims to describe the movement of a football through space as it's kicked. There are several differential equations regarding this ...
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How can we theoretically calculate the number of balloons needed to stop a bullet?

After watching this video, I am interested in proving it mathematically. The problem is that how can we apply the conservation of momentum here to find the velocity of the bullet while we don't know ...
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Projectile, air resistance and wind

So for my school project I am working on a projectile simulator and air resistance. So I have looked at this. Equations for an object moving linearly but with air resistance taken into account? ...
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Equation for a falling body including terminal velocity

I'm making an app that times how long it takes a pebble to fall, then calculates the distance it fell. I noticed that the simple $f(t) = \frac{1}{2}gt^2$ was becoming increasingly inaccurate as the ...
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Why is oil a better lubricant than water?

How come mineral oil is a better lubricant than water, even though water has a lower viscosity? When two surfaces slide over each other with a gap filled with a fluid, the different layers of the ...
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How does mass affect the distance a ski jumper travels

I did an experiment to explore this. My results found that their is an optimum mass of a ski jumper. I am unsure about the maths behind this. Can anyone help.
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Which one would has a greater magnitude, the viscous drag or the weight of the bubble?

An air bubble in a tank of water is rising with constant velocity. The forces acting on the bubble are X, Y and Z as shown. What describes the three forces? A) Z is the viscous drag ...
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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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Space Rocket Ionizing Its Path To Decrease Fuel Consumption [closed]

A beam(maybe multiple beams from ground crossing at, or just some very high alternating potential, something like focused haarp) on tip of rocket targeting at path of it, ionizing just the closest ...
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Application of Stoke's Law

I was looking at Stoke's law and it says that you use it to calculate the drag force on a sphere passing through a fluid. Can i also use this equation to calculate the drag force on a car going ...
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Why does spinning a golf ball one way make it go further than spinning it the other way?

In golf, you'll often hear people say that one person hits the ball further than another because the one person "draws" the ball while the other "fades" it. I want to know why the direction of side-...
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Small Animal Terminal Velocity

I recently saw a cat fall probably 100 feet like in this video Cat Falls. It seemed as if the cat reached terminal velocity by the time it hit. Does this mean that cats (and other small animals) could ...
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How to estimate a drag of flow reversing cylinder?

I am assuming a turbulent flow and a full reversal of the flow (in the picture the arrows are at non-straight angle but please consider the skew as negligible). Assuming we are talking about regular ...
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Find the force needed to accelerate body to a certain velocity for a certain time with respect to drag force

So, the problem is straightworward when we suggest that air resistance force is constant: $$ \vec F = \frac {\vec V_1 - \vec V_0} {t} m / b $$ $$ \vec V_0, \vec V_1 - \text {initial and final ...
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Terminal velocity after vertical launch

If an object is launched directly up at its terminal velocity, will it have enough time/energy to reach its terminal velocity again before it hits the ground, or will drag prevent this? In this case, ...
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External and internal resistance to airflow

If an aircraft was travelling at 100mph an hole was opened to allow 100mph into the cabin,then the airflow is feed into an amplifier like a ramjet and the airflow out of the ramjet was increased to ...
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Does gravity slow down a horizontally thrown baseball?

I have a simple question: Does gravity slow down a horizontally thrown baseball? Assuming when a baseball is thrown it has a vertical velocity as well, does it slow does the ball? Any help is much ...
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Spin on the rack

Bike mounted on hitch rack. Why wheels spin constantly while I drive? I can't find anything on the internet. The kids in the other cars love to watch them
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What is the relative velocity term in drag and lift force in the following case?

When a stationary particle is introduced in a fluid moving with horizontal velocity $V_fx$, what is the relative velocity terms in the drag force ($F_D$) and lift force ($F_L$) equations. Am I correct ...
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After what speed air friction starts to heat up an object?

I understand that air friction cools off an object at low speeds. For example, if you blow on a spoon of hot soup, it cools off. Or if you swing a hot frying pan in the air, it cools off faster. But ...
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Velocity over time applying constant power and considering air drag

I wanted to understand how velocity changes over time when applying a constant power to a body of mass $m$. I figured out that in this case, since $$P=d/dt(KE)=d/dt(\frac{1}{2}mv^2),$$ integrating I ...
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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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Magnitude of Drag force correction on a bean bag

I am currently designing a ballistic launcher for an engineering project. Our task is to propel a bean bag approximately one hundred grams in mass ten feet with the lowest standard deviation possible. ...
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If we threw a baseball from the ISS, could we deorbit the ball?

Clearly this is a hypothetical question. Say we bring a star baseball player into NASA, prep them appropriately for a mission in space, and fly them up to the International Space Station. They go on ...
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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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Can drag force and lift force be in the same direction in the following case?

In the attached picture, can I say that there is a lift force in the Y-direction, and a drag force too in the same Y-direction? $F_L$ proportional to $V_fx^2$ ? $F_D$ proportional to $V_py^2$ ? Is ...
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Is drag force in the direction of particle motion or opposite to motion?

Suppose water is flowing in horizontal direction (positive $x$-direction) and a particle immersed in that water is also moving in the same direction. In this case, is the drag force $F_D$ in the ...
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Conditions for free fall

What are the conditions at which free fall occurs? If a body is falling freely under the effect of gravity only without external resistance, the motion is called free fall. This definition gives me ...
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100 lbs of drag? Really? Chain running physics

Recently came across this video of an endurance technique involving the strapping of a 100lb chain to one's back and running along the grass dragging it behind. What is the true force experienced by ...
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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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Do dimples reduce laminar drag across a surface?

My question is about laminar flow across a smooth surface. I have read about how the eddy currents, caused by dimples, at the surface help a blunt object travel through the air with less drag as in a ...
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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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what causes airborne bodies to tilt?

Imagine a Helium-inflated oblate spheroid floating still (A). Buoyancy force cancels gravity force on Y axis. Object is tied to ground with a rope. If a wind force is applied on X axis, why does the ...
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power of an engine with wind

I know the power of an engine to overcome air drag is $1/2 c_d ρAv^3$. If the speed of the car $25\ \mathrm{m s}^{-1}$ (relative to the ground) and it travels in opposite direction to a wind at a ...
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Explaining the shape of a raindrop and a drop of mercury

I saw on wikipedia that the shape of a raindrop is explained by using Laplace pressure. But why? Since the drop is in motion, we shouldn't be able to use an hydrostatic law, am I wrong? ...
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Fired a bullet upwards, can it fall down and kill me?

I know that if something is thrown up with a velocity v, it comes down with the same velocity as long as its motion faces no resistance. So is it possible for me to fire a bullet and be killed if it ...
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Solving Projectile Motion Equation with Drag [closed]

Previously, I was helped in solving a projectile motion equation to model the velocity of the projectile with respect to distance with drag taken into account by using differential equations (which I ...
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What would be an appropiate shape for a parachute?

I'm trying to design a parachute that minimizes the descent velocity, but I'm not sure what shape I should use. From what I've read, ellipse-shaped parachutes are too aerodynamic and minimize drag, ...
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If two objects have the same drag coefficient, but one is much heavier, would it fall faster?

Not sure this is a good example but imagine we have two feathers, both with exactly the same drag coefficient, they have the exact same shape and everything, but the only difference is that one of ...
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Model velocity as function of distance in object subject to drag and propulsion

Given an initial speed $v_0$ and acceleration $\frac{dv}{dt}|_0=a_0$, I need to find velocity as a function of distance knowing that Drag is $ D = Av² $ Propulsion is $P = Bv + C$ I already found $...
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Modelling an Airplane Question

For an assignment of mine I am creating a very basic model of an airplane, where I choose to consider a fixed amount of parameters that affect flight and to disregard others which I find too difficult ...
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Ball touching the side of a tube — DOUBT

I have a small doubt in understanding a physics concept. If a steel ball is dropped in a thin tube of glycerol, it will eventually reach its maximum or terminal velocity. However, if the steel ball ...
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Calculate constant acceleration needed to reach terminal velocity at specific time [closed]

I'm trying to find a way to calculate a constant acceleration given the following: One dimensional motion. The only forces involved are the force ($F_a$) caused by a constant acceleration ($a_c$) ...