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    Hey Guys,

    Does anyone have any ideas for Physics depth study questions. I'm not sure if this is how all schools are doing it but my teacher says that we have to have an explicit link to our syllabus but the questions has to be "experimental in nature". For example, we can look at projectile motion but the question has to test something like air resistance because we haven't studied that in class.

    I tried to get a question like this approved by my teacher but they didn't like it. (The question was "How does the weight of a projectile affect its air resistance?")

    Any help would be much appreciated!!

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    Re: Year 12 Physics Depth Study Questions

    The weight of a projectile doesn't affect its air resistance. The drag force D acting on an object with a reference area travelling with a velocity V is given by

    where is the density of the medium (1.225 kg/m3 for air) and is a dimensionless quantity known as the drag coefficient, which is a value that describes how much drag acts on the body. Various drag coefficients of objects are listed here: However, as noted in the Wiki article, the drag coefficient itself is not constant, and is a function of a dimensionless quantity known as the Reynold's number (which itself is a function of a few other flow variables, velocity being one of them). These drag coefficient values are determined experimentally using wind tunnel testing, so that could be a possible topic: The effect of the Reynold's number on the drag coefficient of a sphere (or some other object). Note that physics is quantitative in nature, so having equations and such to throw around is always good. Also, fluid dynamics is still a very active and complex area of research and is heavily based on experiments using wind tunnel testing, so you'll be able to find an abundant amount of information on this. Most of it will likely be too complicated for even your teachers, but you should be able to find resources that contain graphical results of experiments which should be relatively straightforward to use.
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