(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A particle is projected vertically upward with a speed v_{0}under the influence of a drag force that is proportional to the particle's speed. As the particle falls back down, its terminal speed is v_{t}.

(a) Find the time it takes to reach ymax

(b) Find ymax

(c)Show that your answers for a and b make sense by taking the limit where the drag force approaches zero. Do they reduce to the familiar eqns of 1st semester physics?

(d) evaluate a and b numerically for blah blah blah

2. Relevant equations

F_{d}=-k*m*v

3. The attempt at a solution

I got solutions for a and b pretty easily.

For a I wrote:

-mg-kmv=m[tex]\frac{dv}{dt}[/tex]

I seperated and integrated

-[tex]\int dt[/tex]=[tex]\int dv/(g+kv)[/tex]

then

-t=[tex]\frac{1}{k}[/tex]*ln[[tex]\frac{g+kv}{g+kv_{0}}[/tex]]

I got a speed of

v=-[tex]\frac{-g}{k}[/tex]+([tex]\frac{g}{k}[/tex]+v_{0})e^{-kt}

I set this equal to zero and solved for t to get

[tex]\Large t[/tex]=[tex]\frac{1}{k}[/tex]*ln[[tex]\frac{g+v_{0}k}{g}[/tex]]

For part b, I separated the v equation and integrated to find y

y(t)=-[tex]\frac{gt}{k}[/tex]+([tex]\frac{g}{k^{2}}[/tex] +[tex]\frac{v_{0}}{k}[/tex])[-e^(-kt) +1]

I plugged in the equation for t and got

ymax=-[tex]\frac{g}{k^2}[/tex]*ln[1+[tex]\frac{v_{0}k}{g}[/tex]]+([tex]\frac{g}{k^2}[/tex] + [tex]\frac{v_{0}}{k}[/tex])([tex]\frac{-g}{g+v_{0}k}[/tex] +1)

I checked them in c by taking the limit of t and ymax as k approached zero.

The t checked perfectly. I got t=[tex]\frac{v_{0}}{g}[/tex].

The ymax didn't go so well.

ymax=-[tex]\frac{g}{k^2}[/tex]*ln[1+[tex]\frac{v_{0}k}{g}[/tex]]+([tex]\frac{g}{k^2}[/tex] + [tex]\frac{v_{0}}{k}[/tex])(-g/(g+0) +1)

I used the approximation ln(1+x)=x-x^2/2 where v0k/g=x

ymax=-[tex]\frac{g}{k^2}[/tex][[tex]\frac{v_{0}k}{g}[/tex]-([tex]\frac{v_{0}^2*k^2}{2g^2}[/tex]]

it reduced to

ymax=-[tex]\frac{v_{0}}{k}[/tex]+[tex]\frac{v_{0}^2}{2g}[/tex]

The second term is what I'm looking for but the first term obviously goes to infinity and can't be right. Where did I make a mistake?

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