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so to find the z component of force exerted by fluid on the surface of the sphere they find the normal force acting on a surface element of the sphere, integrated over the entire surface of the sphere. then dot it with unit vector in z direction. i am STUMPED as to how they found all the dot product in this integral. This is spherical coordinates

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here's the final result...

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please let me know if you need any additional information

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# Vectors/Tensors-spherical coordinates. z component of force of fluid on a sphere

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