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How Terminal is Terminal Velocity?
by Lyle N. Long (Pennsylvania State University) and Howard Weiss (Pennsylvania State University)This article originally appeared in:
American Mathematical Monthly
Subject classification(s): Mathematical Physics | Applied Mathematics | First Order Ordinary Differential Equations | Ordinary Differential Equations | Differential and Difference Equations | Single Variable Calculus | Calculus
Applicable Course(s): 3.6 Differential Equations | 3.2 Mainstream Calculus II
This article is part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 Collection. The authors discuss whether a fall from relatively low heights could be survived as a consequence of reaching terminal velocity. In order to understand this article, one must have studied solutions of first-order differential equations by separation of variables, i.e., a conventional one-variable calculus course should be sufficient.
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