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Finding Viscosity Using a Sphere-Drop Method

  1. Oct 26, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A sphere of radius 1.06 cm is dropped into a glass cylinder filled with a viscous liquid. The mass of the sphere is 13.0 g and the density of the liquid is 1146 kg/m3. The sphere reaches a terminal speed of 0.166 m/s. What is the viscosity of the liquid?

    Variables (in standard units):
    Radius of sphere: 0.0106 m
    Mass of sphere: 13.0 g
    Density of liquid: 1.146*106 g/m3
    Terminal speed: 0.166 m/s

    Variables I calculated:
    Volume of sphere 4/3*pi*0.0106 m=0.0444
    Density of sphere 13.0/0.0444=292.793

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    This gives me a value of -1.50*107 Pa * s. Obviously I don't think viscosity can be negative and that negative value is coming from my computation of drag
    (densityobject-densityfluid. So I'm thinking something is wrong there. Thanks for the help.
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