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Dimensional analysis

  1. Jan 17, 2012 #1
    Throwing height:

    A rock is thrown straight up with initial speed v. Determine a expression for the maximum height h the rock reach.The air resistance is neglected and the throwing height are dependent on the gravity.

    Variable list:

    Speed: V, LT^-1
    Height h, L
    gravity g, LT^-2

    My matrix:

    ---L T--
    V |1 -1|
    L |1 0 |
    g |1 -2|

    After reduction i got

    (k=constant)

    k = h*g*v^2

    It should be h = k*v^2/g

    Any ideas ?
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2012 #2

    BruceW

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    I think you did the reduction wrong. The matrix is right though. It doesn't involve many variables, so you could do the problem without using a matrix.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2012 #3
    Yes, but how?
     
  5. Jan 17, 2012 #4

    BruceW

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    Well, you can assume that each variable is raised to some power, and you know that the equation including them must be dimensionally correct, so then you can solve for what those powers are.

    This is effectively the same as what you should be doing with the matrix. Using the matrix can make the answer easier to find when there are a lot of variables. But since there's only 3 variables, the matrix isn't really that useful.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2012 #5
    yes. But is the formula right?
     
  7. Jan 18, 2012 #6

    BruceW

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    Their formula is right. (The one that 'it should be').
     
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