# Raindrop Fall

1. Mar 19, 2006

### cscott

A raindrop has an initial downward speed of 10 m/s and its downward acceleration is given by
$$a = \left \{ \begin{array}{cc} 9 - 0.9t, &0 \le t \le 10 \\0, &t \ge 10\end{array}\right.$$

What is the velocity after 1s? (55 m/s)

I did

$$\frac{dv}{dt} = 9 - 09.t \Leftrightarrow v = 9t - 0.45t^2 + C$$

when
$$t = 0, v = -10 = 9(0) - 0.45(0)^2 + C \Leftrightarrow C = -10$$

But with this I get -1.45.

Last edited: Mar 19, 2006
2. Mar 19, 2006

### greytomato

i think you got a mistype there...
if you calculate the speed after 10s you should get 55 m/s.
also notice the sign of C.

3. Mar 19, 2006

### cscott

Says 1 s in the book, so I guess it is a typo.