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I am still having trouble seeing why on this manual for experiment ideas, that they say the $\lambda$ is constant. My question is, how do we find this value of lambda or why can it be kept constant? If so what would be the constant value?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this is engineering and should be addressed there engineering.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ – anna v Jan 27 '19 at 5:18
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    $\begingroup$ This is presumably explained in the article at the Physics Teacher linked at the end of the quote - and that link has been lost in the screenshot. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 27 '19 at 5:28
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    $\begingroup$ Rotor (induced) inflow ratio and the Physics Teacher article. $\endgroup$ – Farcher Jan 27 '19 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ It is certainly not about engineering. The context is a home-experiment, but the question is about the meaning of a parameter is an expression for the rotor-wing lift. Which means it is not even really a [experimental-physics] question, but instead a [fluid-dynamics] one. On the experimental side, the set-up displayed in the image is problematic insofar as the results will be affected by a non-trivial ground-effect. Attaching the drone to a latticework attached to the scale would yield slightly better results. $\endgroup$ – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jan 27 '19 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee also, the rotor downwash hits the plate, and it's not at all obvious to me what the effects of that will be. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 27 '19 at 19:09

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