
Modeling Falling Bodies
01 Mar 2018  Contributor(s):: Hans Rudolf Schneebeli
Modelling falling bodies is discussed using a computer algebra systemcalculator and introducing various traditional and elementary methods from calculus as well as numerics for dealing with the resulting ordinary differential equations.This article is in German under the title,...

What Goes Up Must Come Down
02 Mar 2017  Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
Brauer, F. 1999. What Goes Up Must Come Down. American Mathematical Monthly. 108(5): 437440.Article Abstract: NONEThis paper is a wonderfully general analysis of the following, “It is natural to ask whether a particle propelled upwards takes longer to fall to earth from its maximum height...

Terminal velocity of a shuttlecock in vertical fall
01 Mar 2017  Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
Peastrel, M., R. Lynch, and A. Armenti, Jr. 1980. Terminal velocity of a shuttlecock in vertical fall. American Journal of Physics. 48(7): 511513.Article Abstract: We have performed a straightforward vertical fall experiment for a case where the effects of air resistance are important and...

Balloon Experiment in the Classroom
01 Mar 2017  Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
Gruszka, T. 1994. A Balloon Experiment in the Classroom. The College Mathematics Journal. 25(5): 442444.We quote from the article,“The following experiment involves a balloon, a stopwatch, and a measurement device such as a meter stick. . . . The goals of the experiment include fostering...