Terminal velocity of a falling object:
, where ρ is the density of the medium, C is the drag coefficient, A is the frontal area of the falling object, m is the mass of the object, and g is the acceleration due to gravity.
We'll also use the kinematic equation:
In the absence of the air drag, the drop is falling freely.
Let the displacement downwards be in the negative y-axis.
Calculate the speed a spherical rain drop would achieve falling from 5.00 km (a) in the absence of air drag (b) with air drag. Take the diameter of the drop to be 4 mm, the density to be 1.00x103 kg/m3, and the surface area to be πr2.
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