# Terminal Velocity proportional to the Drag Force 𝑚𝛾𝑣² in free fall

Victor Correa
Can anyone help me? I know that's wrong, but i don't know where.

Thanks for your attention so far.

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• Delta2 and vanhees71

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• • Victor Correa and malawi_glenn
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Obviously in #1 the OP looks for the solution of the equation of motion for free fall including air resistance,
$$\ddot{x}=\dot{v}=g-\gamma v^2.$$
This equation for ##v## can obviously solved by separation of variables,
$$\mathrm{d} t = \frac{\mathrm{d} v}{g-\gamma v^2}.$$
We need the integral
$$\int \mathrm{d} v \frac{1}{g-\gamma v^2} = \frac{1}{g} \int \mathrm{d} v \frac{1}{1-(\sqrt{\gamma/g}v)^2} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{g \gamma}} \text{artanh} \left (\sqrt{\frac{\gamma}{g}} v \right).$$
With the initial condition ##v(0)=0## we thus get
$$t=\frac{1}{\sqrt{g \gamma}} \text{artanh} \left (\sqrt{\frac{\gamma}{g}} v \right).$$
Solved for ##v## you get
$$v(t)=\sqrt{\frac{g}{\gamma}} \tanh (\sqrt{g \gamma} t).$$
The terminal velocity is
$$v_{\infty} = \sqrt{\frac{g}{\gamma}}.$$

• Victor Correa, erobz, dextercioby and 3 others
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Yeah,after the ##u## substitution things get messy in your solution.

Leave the LHS as:

$$\frac{1}{\gamma} \int \frac{dv}{ \left(\sqrt{ \frac{g}{\gamma }}\right)^2 -v^2 }= \frac{1}{\gamma} \int \frac{A dv}{\sqrt{\frac{g}{\gamma}} + v}+\frac{1}{\gamma} \int \frac{B dv}{\sqrt{\frac{g}{\gamma}} -v}$$

and continue with the partial fraction decomposition from there.

• Victor Correa
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The error you make is saying that the integral of du/(1-u) = ln(1-u)

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The terminal velocity equation as a function of the coefficient γ²

Victor Correa
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Oh, I didn't know. Sorry

Victor Correa
Obviously in #1 the OP looks for the solution of the equation of motion for free fall including air resistance,
$$\ddot{x}=\dot{v}=g-\gamma v^2.$$
This equation for ##v## can obviously solved by separation of variables,
$$\mathrm{d} t = \frac{\mathrm{d} v}{g-\gamma v^2}.$$
We need the integral
$$\int \mathrm{d} v \frac{1}{g-\gamma v^2} = \frac{1}{g} \int \mathrm{d} v \frac{1}{1-(\sqrt{\gamma/g}v)^2} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{g \gamma}} \text{artanh} \left (\sqrt{\frac{\gamma}{g}} v \right).$$
With the initial condition ##v(0)=0## we thus get
$$t=\frac{1}{\sqrt{g \gamma}} \text{artanh} \left (\sqrt{\frac{\gamma}{g}} v \right).$$
Solved for ##v## you get
$$v(t)=\sqrt{\frac{g}{\gamma}} \tanh (\sqrt{g \gamma} t).$$
The terminal velocity is
$$v_{\infty} = \sqrt{\frac{g}{\gamma}}.$$
You are my hero !

• Delta2
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The terminal velocity equation as a function of the coefficient γ²
So that is easy indeed $$\ddot{x}=\dot{v}=g-\gamma v^2.$$ Just demand$$\dot{v}=g-\gamma v^2=0.$$

• • Victor Correa, erobz, vanhees71 and 2 others
Victor Correa
So that is easy indeed $$\ddot{x}=\dot{v}=g-\gamma v^2.$$ Just demand$$\dot{v}=g-\gamma v^2=0.$$
My problem is this 🤣

• hutchphd
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My problem is this 🤣
Yeah, you had a bit of a "can't see the forest through the trees" issue.

• Victor Correa