Projectile Motion with Linear Drag

Image: Rhett Allain. Projectile Motion with Linear Drag Forces

With normal (plain vanilla) projectile motion, there’s only one force acting on an object — the downward pulling gravitational force. If the object is near the surface of the Earth, this force is constant. With a constant force, projectile motion is fairly (but not completely) straight forward.

But what about the motion with some type of drag force? That’s a bit more interesting. As an object moves…

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Rhett Allain

Rhett Allain

Physics faculty, science blogger of all things geek. Technical Consultant for CBS MacGyver and MythBusters. WIRED blogger.