A hard algebra question


A hard algebra question

Postby edugatei56 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:27 am

For a couple of reasons I want to know this.

I want to know what the Terminal Velocity is for a 20ft (6.06m) Shipping Container (Empty), if it were to of been dropped from lets say a helicopter, no high limit, it just needs to reach terminal velocity before it hits the group

What would the acceleration be

What would the Vertical Velocity be

How long (distance/time) would it take for it to reach terminal velocity

The sheer amount of power it would have when it hits with the groud.
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Re: A hard algebra question

Postby HallsofIvy » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:18 am

It is impossible to answer that without knowing what air resistance the box has. Of course, gravity gives the box a constant acceleration of 9.81 m/s^2. If that were the only force the box would just keep increasing its speed. In order to have a limiting "terminal velocity" the box would have to have a resisting, upward force equal to the force of gravity. That would depend on things like the shape of the box.

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