Accession Number:

ADA574899

Title:

Energy-Based Solution for the Speed of a Ball Moving Vertically with Drag

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-07-17

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Determining the speed of a ball as a function of its height after it is launched straight upward in the absence of fluid resistance is a standard problem treated at all levels of introductory physics. Inclusion of drag in the problem is seldom covered even in the introductory course for majors. But, in fact, this problem can be solved via a straightforward application of the work-energy theorem for either linear or quadratic drag, and instructively plotted on graphs of kinetic versus potential energy.

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE