|Mar2-12, 03:19 AM||#1|
Showing the Terminal Velocity equation is dimensionally correct.
Hey guys, this is my er...first post.
It's a first year university physics assignment that I'm having a bit of trouble with, any help will be rewarded with kind words!(bit of an empty gift, but it's all I have)
Ok, here's the problem.
The terminal velocity of a mass m, moving at ‘high speeds’ through a fluid of density ρ (kg m^3), is given by
where A is the cross-sectional area of the object (m2) and D is a dimensionless “drag coefficient”.
Show that equation is dimensionally correct.
Now, not really being certain what the question is asking for regards 'dimensions' hasn't helped but! I did make an attempt by substituting each variable with it's corresponding units.
2mg= 2((m/s^2)x(kg))=((m x kg)/ s^2)and ρA=((Kg/m^3)x(m^2))=Kg x m^(-1)
which yields V(ter)=√((mKg)/ s^2)/mKg
=√(s^2) x D
=s x D
This seems more or less nonsensical.
I'm sure it's probably mathematical error or just a failure to grasp the concept of proving an equations dimensions.
Am I wrong?
what is going on?
|Mar2-12, 03:55 AM||#2|
|dimensions, physics 101, proof, terminal velocity|
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