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Locus of the apices of projectile trajectories under constant drag

Hernández-Saldaña, H.;
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  • Published: 25 May 2017 Journal: European Journal of Physics, volume 38, page 65,006 (issn: 0143-0807, eissn: 1361-6404, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: IOP Publishing
We present an analytical solution for the projectile coplanar motion under constant drag parametrised by the velocity angle. We found the locus formed by the apices of the projectile trajectories. The range and time of flight are obtained numerically and we find that the optimal launching angle is smaller than in the free drag case. This is a good example of problems with constant dissipation of energy that includes curvature, and it is proper for intermediate courses of mechanics.
free text keywords: General Physics and Astronomy, Projectile, Classical mechanics, Drag, Physics, Curvature, Mechanics, Time of flight, Dissipation, Physics - General Physics

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publication . Article . Preprint . 2017

Locus of the apices of projectile trajectories under constant drag

Hernández-Saldaña, H.;