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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Effect of paint on drag force

Aerospace engineering as well as automobile engineering gives a particular significance to the shape of a vehicle to enable proper and more effective transportation.What I want to know, is, about the ...
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Acceleration of an bubble under the sea [duplicate]

An air bubble arises from the bottom of the sea. Find its acceleration if resistance force is proportional to $\rho Av$ where $\rho$ is density of water, $A$ is cross section area and $v$ is velocity ...
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Acceleration of an air bubble under the sea [on hold]

An air bubble arises from the bottom of the sea. Find its acceleration if: a) There is no resistance of water b) Resistance force is proportional to $\rho Av$ where $\rho$ is density of water, $A$ ...
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Projectile Motion with Air Resistance and Wind

I am wondering how the general kinematics equations would change in the following situation. If an object were fired out of a cannon, or some sort of launcher, so that it had both an initial velocity ...
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Could someone please explain the physics as to why two trash-bins could be more stable if placed together instead of apart during windy conditions?

I recently asked the following question on another StackExchange community(Home Improvement: Preventing trash bins from falling by placing apart of side-by-side, on a windy day?), but I would like ...
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If an object falls - regarding air resistance - does the Potential or Kinetic energy get converted into thermal energy as it is falling?

I read a paragraph on the transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy and heat from this website: Even if air resistance slows down the ball, the potential energy is the same (Mb x g x H). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Throwing an object with air resistance

say I were to throw a 1 kg ball vertically upwards 100 m/s, with g=10 and also air resistance $0.01v^2$ . By considering the forces I can determine that the speed at which it lands is less than the ...
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Heat loss by gas compression - reversible vs. irreversible

I just solved a problem involving the following scenario: A gas following the van der Waals equation of state (not an ideal gas) is placed in a cylinder and undergoes isothermal compression. The ...
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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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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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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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Terminal velocity of mentos [closed]

If somebody throws a mentos downwards (vertically) faster than the terminal velocity of a mentos, from the height at which the terminal velocity is reached from a falling mentos, will the mentos hit ...
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Are raindrops actually “shaped like tears” when they fall?

Raindrops are always pictured like this, people imagine they have this shape when they fall, but is this true? Doesn't this shape create too much drag? What shape do they really have? It would also be ...
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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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Derive drag coefficient of plate

There is any analytical way to derive drag coefficient of flat plate aligned perpendicular to the flow? Wikipedia says it's between 1.98~2.05 but I want to get this value in calculation, not ...
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How does the height reached by a projectile of given flight time depend on air resistance?

Suppose we fire a cannonball straight up. We measure the duration of its flight and use that to estimate the height it reached. Does including air drag increase or decrease the estimated height, ...
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How to calculate drag forces on an object

Previously, I theoretically calculated the velocity of a bb, accelerated by air pressure, when it exits a barrel. In short, I calculated my velocity to be about 150m/s. However, I wanted a more ...
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Ratio of force of resistance due to liquid to that due to gravity

What is ratio of force of resistance due to liquid to that due to gravity? For any object for example a ball falling in a liquid with constant velocity, what will be the ratio?
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Effect of air resistance on maximum height of thrown stone

Suppose a stone is thrown upwards from the surface of the Earth in a (very large) vacuum chamber and reaches a maximum height of 1km. If the same stone is thrown upwards at the same velocity outside ...
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Air drag on a vertically thrown object

Air drag on a vertically thrown object is given directly propotional to its the square of its instantaneous velocity. But shouldn't it be linearly associated as air drag depends on amount of air ...
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Projectile motion and drag problem [closed]

I am currently working on an artillery simulation but I came across a problem: I require an equation that will give me the required initial angle when given a velocity the range and elevation, ...
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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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How is the fall time for a parachute affected by the mass of the load?

Why do parachutes with a heavier load fall faster than a parachute with a lighter load?
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Finding the drag force (Air resistance force) for accelerated ball?

As you know if I want to find the force for an accelerated object I will use the law $F_o=ma$ so I can get the affecting force of it. But there is another force affecting against the object. It's the ...
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Terminal velocity of two equally shaped/sized objects with different masses?

I've tried doing research on this and there are some similar questions. However, they have slightly different scenarios and to make sure I understand things perfectly, I wanted to word it into my ...
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Driving on the moon

I think that a car which is applying its max force on Earth stops accelerating (as in, stops increasing in speed) because of air resistance. But on the moon there is none so I think the car would ...
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Is drag force on an oscillating sphere an effective model for a swimmer?

I saw the latest video from Sixty Symbols Little Swimmers. At the end of the videos he says that we do not know how to calculate the movement of the little swimmers. He says(6:14-6:40 in video) that ...
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Will a bullet dropped and a bullet fired from a gun horizontally REALLY hit the ground at the same time when air drag is taken into account?

In a world without air, I understand they definitely would. However, with drag taken into account, I think they wouldn't. Since the drag force varies proportional to the square of speed (ignoring the ...
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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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Calculating speed of satellite in vacuum?

Satellite speed is $35\ \mathrm{km/s}$ after burn for $500\ \mathrm{ sec}$ and after some days or months this speed is reduced automatically $34$, $33$, $32$ respectively. Questions: How the ...
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Calculate velocity with acceleration caused by drag

Maybe someone can help me with calculating the velocity of a sphere falling down. Initial: Acceleration is $10 ~\rm \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Timestep is $1 ~\rm s$. Approximation of drag = ...
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Which formula is correct to find the terminal velocity of a sphere falling through a liquid?

Consider a sphere of radius $R$ & density $\rho_s$, falling through a liquid having density $\rho_l$, attains a constant terminal velocity $V_t$ then in this case the net force acting on the ...
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Resistive force proportional to velocity

Find the displacement and velocity of horizontal motion in a medium in which the retarding force is proportional to the velocity. I kind of understand how to do this problem. We know that the ...
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Drag force and Stokes' force

The drag force equation is, $$F=1/2pAV^2$$ which means that it's proportional to the square of velocity. For Stokes' law, the drag force equation is, $$F=6\pi\mu RV$$ which is proportional to the ...
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what are the assumptions for the drag force equation to work?

We know that the force of drag $F_{d}=\frac{1}{2}\rho u^{2}C_{D}A$. I can't find a list of the assumptions for it to work. What are the assumptions for it to work?
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Friction in a fluid

when an object is moving in a fluid(air for example), the air will resist the object's movement: molecules of the air will collide with the surface of the object (no slip condition) and then we will ...
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How drag force relates to velocity in the air?

As you know in the formula of drag $$F=0.5 *d*A*C*v^2$$ in different velocities we have different Reynolds number. and the Reynolds number relates to coefficient of drag. my question is how can we ...
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How to determine when to decelerate to reach a destination at 0 velocity?

(Sorry, not sure whether this belongs here on the Physics StackExchange or the Math StackExchange.) I'm creating a computer game in which there is a computer-controlled car that needs to travel along ...
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Terminal Velocity of 100lb Hail [closed]

In the Apocalypse there is meant to be hail weighing 100 pounds or 45 kg. What would the terminal velocity be, assuming the hailstones are perfect spheres of solid ice? Also, is there a way to guess ...
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Does air resistance give a falling skydiver weight?

An observer in free fall is weightless as he is accelerating at 9.8 m/s^2. However, when a skydiver jumps from a high plane, his acceleration gradually slows until becoming 0 m/s^2 at terminal ...
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Do objects have a tendency to fall in their most aerodynamic position?

In one of my physics classes, we are using slow motion video to analyze the falling motion of an object and then find out the drag coefficient of that object etc. I noticed while doing this that if I ...
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What does an undefined formula in physics mean?

I am trying to figure out how undefined formulas in mathematics relates to physics. Take the following formula for terminal velocity. $$V_\text{terminal} = \sqrt{ mg \over{c \rho A}} $$ Say we have ...
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What was the muzzle velocity of a homemade gun launched straight up if air time was 8.2sec?

I built a potato gun and wanted to calculate the muzzle velocity. I remember from physics that I could run the numbers by calculating time from launch until landing. After pointing straight into the ...
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Comparing atmospheric drag in different atmospheres

The book and film The Martian begins with a dust storm on Mars. Is it possible to calculate and compare the effects of a 150mph wind on Mars with winds on Earth? How fast would the wind need to be on ...
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A question on Newton's laws of motion [closed]

A force of $50N$ is required to push a car on a level road with constant velocity of $10m/s$. The mass of the car is $500kg$. What force should be applied to make the car accelerate at $1m/s^2$? I ...