You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:


Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

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:
Page Count: 5
  • Download ($16.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Modeling Terminal Velocity
Preview not available


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.

Page Thumbnails