By Lyle Clifford Smith

Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Bryan College, Dayton TN USA

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After introducing the solution to the ordinary differential equation which models a falling object with drag (first-order, non-linear, separable), students will consider generalizing the model to a falling and disintegrating meteorite. The focus is on creative identification of factors. Students will also rank factors by perceived effect on the flight path and build a model incorporating one or more additional factors. Students should also identify trends in the flight and boundary conditions. Solutions may be attempted, but are not required in this scenario.

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  • Lyle Clifford Smith (2019), "1-083-S-FallingMeteorites," https://www.simiode.org/resources/6342.

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