The drag force equation is , where is the speed of an object, is the cross-sectional area of the object, is the density of the fluid, and is the drag coefficient. To go about proving the formula, i did this
From experimentation, it is evident that the drag force acting on an object is related to the objects velocity somehow. Hence I analysed an object moving with constant velocity in a fluid, and analysed the system to be the fluid. The power lost by the object would be
now if we look at a disk of air which has not yet been touched by the object. Let its velocity be 0. once the object hits that disk of air of mass m, it does work on it, and changes its kinetic energy to
, where is the distance that disk of air travelled
subbing this back into the equation for power lost, we get
Since object is travelling at constant velocity, air resistance is constant, so power loss is constant. hence instantaneous power is equivelant to our average power equation above.
equation for instantaneous power is . Since the obect is in constant velocity, there is not net force so . hence
sub this back into our last power equation:
my question is... where is the drag coefficient gone?