Posted by Erica on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12:58am.
The velocity v of a freefalling skydiver is well modeled by the differential equation
m*dv/dt=mgkv^2
where m is the mass of the skydiver, g is the gravitational constant, and k is the drag coefficient determined by the position of the driver during the dive.
(a)Find the general solution of the differential equation.
(b) Calculate the limit of v(t) as t > INF.
I just started with dv/dt=g(k/m)v^2 I don't really know where to go from there. Tried integrating dv/(g(k/m)v^2) but I get stucked.
The answer for (a) is supposed to be v(t) = sqrt(m/(kv)*(Ce^(2*sqrt(kg/m)*t)1)/(Ce^(2*sqrt(kg/m)*t)+1)
and for (b)sqrt (mg/k)

Differential Equations  Steve, Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:10am
you have dv/dt = F(v)
use separation of variables to get
v'/F(v) = 1
or
dv/F(v) = dx
Now, F(v) = g(k/m)v^2 = k/m (a^2v^2)
where a^2 = gm/k
That integrate into 1/a arctanh(v/a) = t
which is just a big exponential expression like what you show.
arctanh(z) = 1/2 ln((1+z)/(1z))
The details get messy. If you go to
http://wood.mendelu.cz/math/mawhtml/index.php?lang=en&form=ode
you can enter the equation (sorry, no letter constants, but you can use y'=12*y**2 to see the method). It will show you t as a function of v, with logs as above. Convert to v as a function of t to encounter the exponentials you want.
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