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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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 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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What are the major differences in group-skydiving as opposed to “single” skydiving?

Surface area/the cross-sectional area is greatly increased, so my thinking is it should decrease terminal velocity as well as a couple of other factors. But mass changes too (since there would be more ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to determine the overturning moment on a stand alone, uncovered bean pole tipi

I will preface this by saying I am a highschool student who has not yet had a physics class. I engineered and built a hexagonal shaped, open bottomed, planter to hold soil that would contain pole ...
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If there was an object such as a bucket travelling through the atmosphere very fast could the air caught in it transition to a liquid?

The question came to me after thinking of the pressure waves in front of a spacecraft during re-entry. Would the pressure caused by the air being compressed cause the air to liquefy and if so at what ...
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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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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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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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How much power is needed to drive two times faster?

Suppose a cyclist riding at speed $v$ decides to accelerate to speed $2v$. Does she have to generate $8$ times more power to sustain that speed? $P_1=F_dv$ If we double the speed, (it usually ...
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What is the difference between damping and friction?

What is the difference between damping and friction? Both of them slows down any moving system. So whats the conceptual difference between them?
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Will there be a drag for a solid body already dragged due to reaction?

By learning Fluid Structure Interaction tutorials, I managged to simulate a 2d transient fsi simulation using Comsol fsi fully coupled module. A solid body due to motion in vertical direction ...
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The Real Rocket

Suppose we have a Rocket with initial mass $M_o$ and we want to sent it into space. The equation of motion is (i think... please tell me if there is something i forgot) $$\frac {d(mu)}{dt}=-mg-\frac{...
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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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Simple air resistance experiment

I have a paper plate, and I'm taping paper streamers to it. I have 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 streamers. I tried to place the streamers at places equidistant from the next. 2mm are attached to the plate and ...
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Calculation of Drag coefficient for infinite cylinder

I would like to calculate the drag coefficient for an infinite cylinder for various Reynolds numbers. I'm using $C_D=\large{\frac F{\frac 12Av^2\rho}}$ My question is how do I calculate force ? ...
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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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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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Force dependence on velocity : Drag

I just listened to the second lecture of Leonard Susskind on classical mechanics where he discussed that force can't be proportional to velocity, since it's unable to retro-dict (predict past). He ...
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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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Air resistance of a general shape object

I'm trying to code a simple physics simulator in C++ but I'm stuck on the air resistance issue. Surfing the Internet I only find a drag coefficient for very basical area shapes when the air is ...
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What is the drag coefficient of an open wedge?

To check my two dimensional CFD calculation I am looking for reference data on the drag coefficient of an open wedge. The geometry is shown below, together with the flow direction. I have found ...
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What is wrong with this downforce calculcation?

I tried calculating the downforce of a spoiler I need for a robot. I used this formula. $$F = \frac{1}{2}Ac_a\rho v^2$$ Where $\rho$ is air density, $v$ is the speed of my robot, $c_a$ is the lift ...
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Why did increasing the Ackermann geometry in my race car make it faster in corners?

Ackermann geometry is used to account for the different radius arcs that the front tires follow when the steering wheel is turned from center. It's often expressed as a percentage: e.g. 25% Ackermann, ...
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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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Feasiblity of a long spinning top using an electromagnet to pull on Earth's magnetic field

Would it be feasible to build a infinitely spinning top (ref. Inception) by including a battery powered electromagnet who's polarity flipped in sync with the top's rotation such that the pull against ...
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Calculate ballistics using Pejsa method (bullet physics)

I'm not sure if it was already asked, but, could someone please explain the Pejsa method of ballistics, specifically the velocity and trajectory (no energy, wind or lead etc.) (just drop drift and ...
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Drag Force on a cylinder with its long axis aligned with the flow

yesterday I started looking into equations that link a cylinders diameter $r$ and length $L$ to the force experienced in a highly viscous medium ($Re<<1$). I found the onseen-approximation but ...
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Wind resistance on moving body

Suppose that a vehicle is traveling 60 km/h north, and the wind speed is also 60 km/h going the same direction, would there be wind resistance, and to what extent? Also, if I put my hand outside the ...
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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}=\; \frac{\...
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Finding Time & Required Angle for Projectile Motion with Quadratic Air Resistance

This is a physics/calculus/computer science problem, but I think I'll get better results in the Physics SE. I have a fun little project I've been working on (hobby, not homework/production), that ...
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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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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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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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Approximation for rotational drag on a box?

The drag equation gives us an approximation for the drag on an object caused by its velocity in a fluid: $F = \frac{1}{2} \rho A v^2 C_d$ Is there any similar approximation for the rotational drag ...
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How to calculate the thermoelastic energy loss when applying displacing force

I'm trying to calculate the motion of an arrow (or similar shape) in orbit. My understanding has taken me to the following assumptions: There will be drag on the arrow (the drag in low earth orbit ...
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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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How to calculate wind force (air resistance) on a rectangular object?

Let's say you're driving down the road at 70mph (112 kph). If you hold a sign out of your window that's 20x20 cm square, how much force will be applied to the sign by the relative wind?
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How to make sure projectile does not go through a wall?

I'm struggling with a problem, in which I want to determine initial condition (initial velocity, and angle) given that I know my ball has to reach (final velocity, location), but I want to make sure ...
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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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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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Relationship between the fall time and projected area

I am investigating the relationship between the fall time of a paper tray and its projected area. In this investigation I have been using the following variables: Controlled Variable: The air ...
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Torque of Air Resistance on Ellipsoid

Imagine an non-rotating arbitrary free, rigid ellipsoid with in some arbitrary direction with velocity $\vec v$. Assume linear drag ($\vec F=KA\vec v$ for some constant K, where A is the cross section ...
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Problem understanding free fall with water resistance

Please take a look at the picture below before read my question: As you see in the picture the object A is floating on the water because the $F_{drag}\gt F_{grav}$ obverse the object B is sinking ...
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I'm having trouble understanding the dimensions of this falling body problem

I'm working with this: A 50 kg mass is shot from a cannon straight up with an initial velocity of 10m/s off a bridge that is 100 meters above the ground. If air resistance is given by 5v ...