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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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 ...
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Why does a sheet of paper fall slower than the same when rolled into a ball?

It depends on volume but both the sheet and the sphere have the same volume. Does surface area play any role here?
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Magnitude of force of air resistance [on hold]

A 68 lbf prefabricated slab is hoisted by a rope. The rope pulls with a force of 751.9 N at an angle of 6.6° to the left of vertically upward. The only other force acting on the slab is the force of ...
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Boat Hull Drag in Shallow Water

I paddle several different types of small craft in the ocean and bays near my home. One phenomenon I've observed is beyond my understanding of drag on a narrow displacement hull. When paddling in ...
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How does height of a parachute affect air resistance compared to circumference or diameter?

I'm trying to find out how much a double in height (making it more ovular or oblong in shape) of the parachute affects air resistance compared to a double in circumference or diameter. Can someone ...
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What shape has the highest drag coefficient?

This image from NASA illustrates drag coefficients for several shapes: It is generally accepted that some variation of the teardrop/airfoil shape has the lowest drag coefficient. I was wondering ...
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Terminal velocity of a raindrop

I have solved the question and got the answer , but I do not understand why will the raindrop attain a terminal velocity.Without any resistive forces why does it attain a terminal velocity?
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Would opening a car door at high speed change the path of the car? [closed]

If I were to open a standard, four door, four wheel, car on the highway, would the door swing open and possibly tear off? Would the drag that it creates 'reroute' the car (turn it to the direction of ...
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Can I move an oil tanker?

Let's say that I'm standing at the edge of a basin made of concrete. This basin is filled with salt water and a ship floats on the water close to the edge of the basin. The ship is neither anchored ...
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Why is radiation under Poynting-Robertson drag anisotropic?

According to the Wikipedia article on Poynting-Robertson drag, the reason solar radiation slows an orbiting object is because the re-radiation of photons by the object is anisotropic in the frame of ...
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Approximating energy loss caused by drag force

We know the usual aerodynamic drag equation is given by: $$F_d = -bv^2$$ Where $b$ here is just some constants combination related to the property of the fluid and the material passing through. My ...
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Finding optimal angle for projectile, taking into account linear (Stokes) drag

If you throw a projectile from the ground at a certain angle, it's not hard to see that, assuming we're in a vacuum, throwing it at 45º from the ground will always make it go farthest before it hits ...
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Flat throw vs 45 degree throw of a ball

Why does my sports coach tell me that when I'm fielding I should throw the baseball 'flat' to get the maximum distance? I thought from physics that you get the most distance from throwing at a 45 ...
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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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Which point in the graph does a parachute open?

The diagram represents speed-time for a sky diver. He falls freely from an aircraft then opens a parachute and later lands safely on the ground. At which point did the parachute fully open? ...
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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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How does the mathematical definition of drag reduce to Stokes or form drag?

I know that for the flow of flow of a Navier-Stokes fluid in a domain, once the velocity $\mathbf{v}$ and pressure p are known, the drag over a solid object with boundary $\partial R$ is given by ...
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How do these factors affect the free fall of objects?

Take an example of two balls of different masses being dropped from about 250 meters from the ground. How do the following factors affect free fall: Air resistance. Absence of air resistance. ...
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Could one fire a bullet with sufficient speed to leave the Earth?

Consider a gun or rifle fired directly upwards. My original question was what speed would be required to escape the Earth. The escape velocity from the surface of the Earth is the classic $$v_e = ...
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Drag force - dimensional analysis

I have tried the following example from the link: MIT OCW 8.012 PS1 It is about dimensional analysis. Derive an expression for the drag force on a ball of radius $R$ and mass $M$ moving with ...
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Calculating the drag force provided by a laminar flow [duplicate]

If I drop a ball into viscous fluid (e.g. oil), by calculation I know that the fluid flow is laminar. So which equation do I need to calculate the drag force provided by fluid? The drag equation, ...
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How to integrate this physics model? [closed]

OK, this might seem easy... but I'm having trouble solving it. Let's say I have a force acting on a body whose mass is known, by this law: $$F(t) = bt^2$$ where $b$ is a known constant, and $t$ is ...
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Will computer fan rotate slower if one makes impeller heavier?

Imagine that we replace plastic fan impeller with identical metal impeller (same form, heavier weight). Would maximum fan speed decrease? Common sense suggests that air resistance and bearing ...
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Would the terminal velocity of a roller coaster train differ on the track from if it was free falling through air?

I'm working on a video about roller coaster science and I'm currently trying to figure out an average roller coasters terminal velocity going down a drop. All I can really do is fill in the ...
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Does body weight affect the speed when going downhill on a mountain bike?

We know heavier objects fall faster when dropped at certain height. I was wondering if I am going downhill on my mountain bike without any peddling, will I travel faster or slower because I am fat?
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How to Calculating power using smart phone?

I'm writing a smart phone app and one of it's functions is to calculate power of the vehicle that the phone is travelling in. The user enters the total weight of the vehicle and the app uses the ...
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Why are vehicles not pitted like golf balls?

I have read that non-laminar flow reduces drag on blunt bodies. Given that, why is pitting not used on motor vehicles?
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Upthrust vs Drag

24: A ball is falling at terminal speed in still air. The forces acting on it are upthrust, viscous drag and weight. What is the order of increasing magnitude of these 3 forces? ...
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Drag in low earth orbit

So I'm looking at the following problem; Arrow type configuration in orbit. Each end of the arrow has a mass and a cross sectional area (we can assume the head and tail are connected by a ...
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Does a person inside a falling bus fall to the front of it?

So I was watching Final Destination 5 and something caught my attention. There's a part where a bridge collapses and everything falls apart, so there's this bus that has a person inside (unaware of ...
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Question about Elon Musk's Hyperloop Suspension [closed]

So one of the proposed suspension systems that will be used on the hyperloop include the externally pressurised air cushions. These cushions lift (or atleast help lift) the capsule and reduce drag ...
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Is motion along the $x$ and $y$ axises independent with quadratic drag?

It's often stated that motion in the $x$ and $y$ axises are independent, so that changing the $x$-velocity will not influence changes in the $y$-velocity. To me it seems that with quadratic drag (drag ...
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How to calculate distance travelled while car is rolling, given start and end speed?

I'm trying to calculate the distance travelled by my Formula Student racecar if it starts at a certain speed, goes into Neutral (no acceleration, no brakes, just rolling on its wheels), and ends at ...
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Which will stop first a heavier car or a lighter car?

If the friction from brakes, wind resistance and all such factors remain constant, which will stop first? A heavier car or a lighter car? How will the momentum of the car and gravitational pull on a ...
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How much does air resistance affect the angular velocity of a golf ball?

I'm modeling the flight trajectory of a golf ball, and using angular velocity to calculate the Magnus force. Currently, I'm assuming angular velocity to be fixed throughout the ball's flight. How ...
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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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Why does a parachute decrease terminal velocity?

Terminal Velocity depends on two things- surface area and speed. These are inversely proportionate. If both these variables affect terminal velocity, why do parachutes slow you down? Initially you ...
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A simple detailed book on how/why model rocket engines and parachutes work

I'm planning on getting a model rocket in the near future to fire off w/ my 2 daughters (9 and 11). I'm going to require first that they learn how/why rocket engines and parachutes work (so they can ...
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Measurement of drag (?) tension between two surfaces

I want to know if there are (reasonably inexpensive) devices to measure the tension between two surfaces. Beware of my terminology: the first help I need is to actually formulate my question ...
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Forces on an aircraft - thrust, lift, drag, weight

I'm extremely sceptical about the wikipedia page on aircraft flight mechanics. When describing 'straight climbing flight', it says: lift is unable to alter the aircraft's potential energy or ...
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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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Friction drag force

When an object moves through air, the air closest to the object’s surface is dragged along with it, pulling or rubbing at the air that it passes. This rubbing exerts a force on the object opposite to ...
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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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Velocity and transfer of energy for a body in free fall

I just need to check if my understanding of the transfer of gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy is correct. Is anything wrong below? Say if a body were suspended at a height h above the ...
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Free-Falling Object

How does the presence of air affect the rate at which a body falls? What is the rule for falling objects, when there is little or no air resistance?
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Mathematics of simplified air resistance

I recently encountered a problem in which when throwing a ball upwards one has to determine whether it goes up or comes down faster when not only was gravity to be considered, but also air resistance ...
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Drag coefficient of a rectangular prism

How do you find the drag coefficient, specifically for a rectangular prism-shaped body? What other factors must be taken into consideration when calculating this value?
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Drag on a spinning ball in fluid

I am a physics newbie (high school level) and I am wondering what happens when a spherical object is spinning on the spot in a bunch of gas (no gravity here, just an imaginary physics sandbox). Am I ...
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The behaviour that saves more energy/ petrol when driving down-up-hill [closed]

This question is in a way a follow-up of this one: Can a car get better mileage driving over hills?, it is similar to that, is no engineering question and is in no way a homework problem, I'd like you ...
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What is the friction force at terminal velocity?

As terminal velocity is inversely proportional to viscosity or fluid friction, then my question is: at terminal velocity, the fluid friction is maximum or zero?