Motion Under Gravity

  • Phil Dyke
  • Roger Whitworth
Part of the Palgrave Mathematical Guides book series (MG)


In this chapter, we shall examine one-dimensional motion under gravity. By their very nature, the problems are restricted to those involving moving under the influence of the Earth’s gravity, with or without resistance. Nevertheless, falling raindrops, parachutists, balls and so on, and bullets, missiles and balls fired through the air comprise a very important class of problems. We consider first vertical motion. Because of their limited scope, we can solve virtually all such problems by examining just five types. First, there is motion without resistance. There are then upwards and downwards motions, each under the action of two types of resistance.


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© Phil Dyke and Roger Whitworth 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Phil Dyke
    • 1
  • Roger Whitworth
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PlymouthUK
  2. 2.Droitwich High SchoolUK

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