When Does Air Resistance Become Significant in Projectile Motion?

When Does Air Resistance Become Significant in Projectile Motion? In an article in this journal, it was shown that air resistance could never be a significant source of error in typical free-fall experiments in introductory physics laboratories. Since projectile motion is the two-dimensional version of the free-fall experiment and usually follows the former experiment in such laboratories, it seemed natural to extend the same analysis to this type of motion. We shall find that again air resistance does not play a significant role in the parameters of interest in a traditional projectile motion experiment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Physics Teacher American Association of Physics Teachers

When Does Air Resistance Become Significant in Projectile Motion?

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American Association of Physics Teachers
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© American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
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0031-921X
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10.1119/1.5025298
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Abstract

In an article in this journal, it was shown that air resistance could never be a significant source of error in typical free-fall experiments in introductory physics laboratories. Since projectile motion is the two-dimensional version of the free-fall experiment and usually follows the former experiment in such laboratories, it seemed natural to extend the same analysis to this type of motion. We shall find that again air resistance does not play a significant role in the parameters of interest in a traditional projectile motion experiment.

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The Physics TeacherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers

Published: Mar 1, 2018

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