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Terminal velocity and drag force in one dimention

  1. Sep 10, 2008 #1
    In one dimentional cases, will the velocity of a particle tend to the terminal velocity unregardless of any combinations of forces?
    I try to investigate this equation: mv'+bv=F(t)
    Using the mathematics theorem at the botton, I found that v --> F(c)/m as t tends to infinity. (where c is some constant)

    [Thm: if w(x) and u(x) are continuous functions and u(x)>=0, then for a<=x<=b, then {w(x)u(x)}:b,a=w(c)*{u(x)}:b,a for some c lies between a and b]
    the notation {f(x)}:b,a represents the definite integral from a to b with repect to x. Sorry for the unusual notation, as I don't know how to type the integral.

    Sorry for the poor presentation too. I intended to write the result on a piece of paper and scan it into the computer but my scanner is out of order now.
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2
    Looks fine to me if the theorem is correct. How are you going to determine the value of c?
  4. Sep 11, 2008 #3
    Oh yeah. I neglect that the upper and lower limit in the thm should be constants.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008
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