(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A rocket ascends from rest in Earth's gravitational field, by ejecting exhaust with constant speed u. Assume that the rate at which mass is expelled is given by dm/dt = −γm where m is the instantaneous mass of the rocket and γ is a constant; and that the rocket is retarded by air resistance with a force mbv where b is a constant.

Determine the velocity of the rocket as a function of time. Here is a hint: The terminal velocity is ( γu−g )/b.

Calculate the time when the velocity is one-half of the terminal velocity.

Data: u = 31.9 m/s; b = 1.2 s−1.

2. Relevant equations

dp/dt=m(dv/dt)

3. The attempt at a solution

I got the diff eq down to:

dv=-u(dm/m)-(g+bv)dt

I'm not quite sure what I am doing wrong, I divide by -(g+bv)

then solve from there to get -b*ln(g+bv)=uγt, but for some reason I dont think this is correct. Help, thanks.

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# Homework Help: Rocket with retarding force

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