Calculating air resistance on air

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Fluid Dynamics - Calculating air resistance on air

Homework Statement



I'm trying to figure out how much the velocity of wind will decrease by over a given distance. I know the velocity at a point 1cm after it has passed over an object, and i need to determine the velocity at the object. The flow is turbulent and the object is oscillating.


Homework Equations



I know the formula for air resistance is F=1/2"rho"v^2*C*L^2, where rho is the density, v is the relative velocity, c is the coefficient of drag and L is the length.

The Attempt at a Solution



I have no idea what to do when the question concerns air resistance acting on air. I do not know how to treat length in the equation, as I don't understand how air can have a length. I also do not understand how to find the coefficient of drag on air.
 
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I don't think that equation applies. As far as I know it's only relevant for solid objects moving through air (by the way, in the general form it's F = ρCAv^2/2, where A is cross-sectional area presented to the air).

What you're trying to calculate is like a fluid dynamics problem, and although I'm not familiar with much fluid dynamics myself, it seems fairly complex. Maybe someone else will know of a relevant equation.
 

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