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Homework Help: Dynamic Pressure Derivation

  1. Aug 18, 2010 #1
    Please refer to this website: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/dynpress.html" [Broken]

    In the "Simplify" step, where does the factor of 1/2 come from? I must be missing something simple...

    Thanks for the help!
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
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  3. Aug 18, 2010 #2
    What is the derivative of d(u^2)/dx? How does that differ from the second term in the 'algebra step'?
    This relates to the concept of anti-derivative and integration. Have you studied that yet?
  4. Aug 18, 2010 #3
    I get it now--I'm not used to a 'physicist's' calculus. Would it be proper to simply multiply each side of the original equation by 'dx' and integrate each side with the respective variables? This leaves (r*u^2)/2=-p -> (r*u^2)/2+p=0

    Is there a reason why this method is not preferable?
  5. Aug 18, 2010 #4
    Maybe to re-inforce that a constant of integration is required to specify an initial condition? The method you used does not account for the 'constant' as you have the static + dynamic pressure equal to zero instead of the 'total pressure".

    Remember, indefinite integrals require a constant of integration.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
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