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Calculate drag force

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Homework Statement



A tennis player hit a serve of 251 km.h-1 in a match. Calculate the Drag Force acting on the tennis ball. Diameter of ball is 6.5cm, density of air is 1.3 kg.m-3 and air viscosity is 1.8x10-5 kg.m-1.s-1.

Homework Equations



Drag Force is: Fd= [itex]\pi[/itex].d2.CD.pf.u2.1/4

The Attempt at a Solution



My attempt is to find Reynolds number: Rep = (pfutdp)/u = (1.3)(903,600,000)(0.065)/0.000018
and then use a graph of drag coefficient against Rep to find Cd. However my number for Re is 4.24E+13 which is far too large to be correct. Is there something i am doing wrong?
 

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TSny
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Hello steve978.

Check your conversion of km/h to m/s.
 

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