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Modeling Terminal Velocity

Neal Brand and John A. Quintanilla
The College Mathematics Journal
Vol. 44, No. 1 (January 2013), pp. 57-61
DOI: 10.4169/college.math.j.44.1.057
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/college.math.j.44.1.057
Page Count: 5
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Modeling Terminal Velocity
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Abstract

Summary Using a simultaneously falling softball as a stopwatch, the terminal velocity of a whiffle ball can be obtained to surprisingly high accuracy with only common household equipment. This classroom activity engages students in an apparently daunting task that nevertheless is tractable, using a simple model and mathematical techniques at their disposal.

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