The falling raindrop, revisited

Alan D. Sokal

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    I reconsider the problem of a raindrop falling through mist, collecting mass, and generalize it to allow an arbitrary power-law form for the accretion rate. I show that the coupled differential equations can be solved by the simple trick of temporarily eliminating time in favor of the raindrop's mass as the independent variable.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number014912AJP
    Pages (from-to)643-645
    Number of pages3
    JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - May 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Physics and Astronomy


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