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Effect of friction on the foward momentum of an object

  1. Mar 3, 2009 #1
    for example, if a mall is thrown, it forms a parabola, but its speed also decreases due to the friction in air.
    what is the formula for that decrease?
    what is the shape of the revised curve?
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  3. Mar 4, 2009 #2
    As a rule of thumb, friction is usually proportional to speed, often quoted as: F(friction)= -bv,
    The revised curve is a parabola with a 'squashed' end half.
  4. Mar 4, 2009 #3


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    I'm guessing you don't mean "shopping mall". That would have a lot of wind resistance, and would not travel very far when you threw it.

    A google search on air resistance gives many useful hits. Here's the first{

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_(physics [Broken])

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  5. Mar 4, 2009 #4
    sorry "mall" was a typo, i meant ball.
    another question on this topic:
    assuming that a ball is thrown at a 100mph (in regular air) does that have a high Reynold's Number or not?
    sorry, i do not take physics, so this might be a stupid question.
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