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Homework Help: Projectile Motion with Air Resistance (Position function?)

  1. Mar 9, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    There is no real problem statement for this problem, except that I'm trying to figure out an equation for the position of a projectile with air resistance. It's for a physical model of a toy gun, fired at 0° from the horizontal at a height of 1m. I'm considering only air resistance due to motion in the x direction.

    2. Relevant equations

    Using F=k*v^2 and k=0.5*Cd*A*p. I set up a differential equation (dv/dt = -(k/m)v^2) and solved with the initial condition V(0)= v (muzzle velocity) to get V(t) = (m/k)*(1/(t+(m/(v*k)))). In this, m is the projectile mass, t is time, v is muzzle velocity.

    However, I'm having trouble integrating this with respect to t to find position as a function of time. I think some of the problem may lie in the fact that the function I have for velocity integrates the initial velocity into it, so that V(0) = v.

    If nothing else, I could estimate it in a calculus-less manner.
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