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

Droplets in a deodorant spray have mass of about (4x10^-12) kg and a radius of about 0.1mm. Estimate the terminal velocity of the droplets in Air of Viscosity (2x10^-5)Nsm^-2.

2. Relevant equations

Stoke's Law, F = 6pi rvu

where r = radius, v = velocity and u = viscosity.

Upthrust of an object = vpg (v = volume, p = density, g = gravitational acceleration)

3. The attempt at a solution

Since at terminal velocity, it is obvious that W = F + U. (where W = weight, F = viscous drag, U = upthrust.)

So we have,

F = W-U

6pi (0.1x10^-3)(2x10^-5)(v) = (4x10^-12)(9.8) - (4/3)(pi)(0.1x10^-3)^3(1.24)(9.8)

**Based on the assumption that the droplet is a sphere and the density of air is 1.24kg/m^3

We have,

v = (approx) 0.3mms^-1.

Is this true?

(@ ehild : Oops. Forgot the negative sign)

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# Homework Help: Viscous Drag and Terminal Velocity

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