# Differential Equations using velocity

• Feb 11th 2013, 05:25 AM
Pqpolalk357
Differential Equations using velocity
Here is my problem:

The equation: $m\frac{dv}{dt}=gm-Kv^2$
describes the velocity v of a parachute jumper. We have $v(0)=32,m=128, g=10$ and $K=5$.

1. Solve. I found $v(t)=\frac{16(3\exp(\frac{5}{4}t)+1)}{3\exp(\frac{ 5}{4}t)-1}$.

2. Find v(t) as $t \rightarrow \infty$. I found $v(t) \rightarrow 16$.

3. When is dv/dt the largest? At that moment, how many G's of force does the jumper experience? It is largest at t=0 at by replace the value of v at t=0 in the expression of dv/dt, I find dv/dt=-30. Therefore the jumper experiences 3G of force.

4. Here I am having trouble. If an auxiliary parachute opens at time $T$, the coefficient K=K(t) is $K(t)=5, 0 \leq t \leq T; K(t)=K_1, T.

Without solving this new equation, figure out a reasonable choice for the constant $K_1$ so that the parachutist is not subject to worse $G$ forces that already exerted, but at the same time allows for the softest landing. With this choice of $K_1$, find the landing speed v (again without solving the equations).