Projectile w/ air resistance
- Judah L Schwartz
When air resistance is taken into account the height of a projectile as a function of time is no longer parabolic. In the absence of air resistance, it takes just as much time to reach the highest point of the trajectory as it takes to fall from that height to the ground. If air resistance is taken into account does it take longer on the way up or on the way down? Can you suggest a reason why? In this applet the height of the projectile and its vertical velocity are shown as functions of time. What could their trajectories in space look like? You can run an animation by clicking on the "play" button in the lower left hand corner of either window.