## Exploration 5.6: Air Friction

Position Graph | Velocity Graph | Acceleration Graph

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Two identical balls are dropped. The one on the left is in a resistive medium represented by varying shades of blue. The resistive force is represented as b v^{n}, where b is a constant between 0 and 2 and n is an integer between 0 and 2 (note that as you vary n, the units of b also change). Restart.

Select values for b and n, and then click on a graph link to show the motion and that particular graph. *When you get a good-looking graph, right-click on it to clone the graph and resize it for a better view.*

- How does your choice of n (0, 1, 2) affect the unit of b?
- For b = 1, how does your choice of n (0, 1, 2) affect the position vs. time graph?
- For b = 1, how does your choice of n (0, 1, 2) affect the velocity vs. time graph?
- For b = 1, how does your choice of n (0, 1, 2) affect the acceleration vs. time graph?
- For b = 1, how does your choice of n (0, 1, 2) affect the terminal velocity?

Physlets were developed at Davidson College and converted from Java to JavaScript using the SwingJS system developed at St. Olaf College.

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