There's a project that I'm working on that been bugging me for awhile.
The project involves this senario:
A projectile is released at 1000 feet per second and moves in a straight line infinitely with only wind resistance acting on it. Of course air resistance is going to start slowing down the projectile. I can calculate the force of wind resistance on the object since I'm given a value for drag coefficient.
I want to find the average speed over a certain time interval from the point the object is released.
I can calculate the acceleration (deceleration) for an infinitely small moment in time just as the projectile is released. a=f/m. As the object slows, the force decreases by the square of the velocity, and the rate of acceleration will decrease along with it.
I can't really figure out how I can model this with time as the x axis and acceleration (or force) as the y axis.
If I could do this, I would be able to get an average acceleration over a time interval by breaking up the x axis into small intervals and summing the y values of those intervals together, then dividing by the number of divisions. I think in calculus, there's a name for this, but i haven't gotten that far in my book yet---- :-)
One suspicion that I have is that the graph will resemble a=1/sqrt(x)
I can already calculate the path of a projectile with no air resistance with theta as the x axis, and range as the y axis, but this requires that you have an average speed, (which I could find given a constant acceleration.)