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I need help trying to decide on a project.

  1. Jan 28, 2014 #1
    Hi all, I am taking a Numerical Computation course this year which basically consists of learning MATLAB and R. We are tasked with doing a mini research project which involves using either of theses environments.

    I am most interested in classical mechanics and have recently taken a course in ODEs so I am thinking something involving solving ODEs numerically rather than analytically.

    The problem is I'm having a tough time getting to an ODE. I need help in choosing a situation which when modeled, will yield an ODE to solve.

    One idea I have is looking at the motion of a rain droplet on a window.

    Any help on this matter would be most appreciated.

  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 28, 2014 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    How about a drop of water dripping from a faucet?


    http://pre.aps.org/pdf/PRE/v55/i6/p6776_1 [Broken]

    or the flight of a frisbee?



    or the flight of a baseball with various kinds of spin?


    Also you can check the Open Source Physics website for various kinds of modeling in Java:

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