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EGB211 – Computer Lab Assignment
Assessment No: 3
Assessment Type: Individual Computer Lab Assignment
Due Date: 11:59pm on Friday, 29th May 2020
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Introduction, Background and Project Overview
A dynamic problem can be split into two steps: (1) obtaining the equation of motion and (2) solving it.
To obtain the equation of motion we use common dynamics theory, such as Newton’s second law. The
equation of motion can then be solved through analytical (i.e. hand calculation) or numerical (i.e.
computational) techniques. So far, you have mostly looked at analytical solutions to problems, however,
even for simple dynamics problems, these can rapidly become complex and unwieldy, e.g., air
resistance (drag force). In reality, for many problems, the presence of a true analytical solution is rare
and instead solutions rely on simplifications and assumptions (e.g., smallangle theorem). On the other
hand, with numerical techniques solutions can be readily used to solve simple and complex dynamics
problems, without any simplifications. In numerical solutions, the main challenges become
computational resources and the elegance of the model (discretisation).
In this computer lab assignment, we will explore the analytical and numerical solution to the nonlinear
equation of motion of the projectile illustrated in Figure 1. The projectile is an interesting problem
because when drag is ignored, an analytical solution is simple, however once drag is included the
problem becomes complex. This is due to the nonlinear nature of drag. First, you will develop an
analytical solution, this can be achieved by neglecting drag. Next, you will explore the impact of drag,
which can not easily be solved analytically. You will then compare the two cases.
Figure 1. Projectile motion (not to scale)
Table 1. Quantities
Property Symbol Quantity Unit
Projectile
Mass ! 50e3 "#
Radius $ 30e3 !
Initial angle with respect
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Initial elevation ./ 50 !
Initial velocity 1/ 50 !. 345
Drag
Air density 6 1.183 "#.!47
Drag coefficient 89 0.80 
For dynamic analysis of the projectile motion of the system illustrated in Figure 1 we will consider
the following:
• We will consider this as a twodimensional problem in % and ..
• Unless in a complete vacuum, drag (air resistance) will act on the projectile.
The magnitude of the drag force is F= 5; 896<‖1‖; and is always directed opposite the
projectile’s motion, i.e., the relative velocity vector (1) of the projectile.
• The initial speed ‖1/‖ does not result in the projectile breaking the sound barrier, that is, air
flowing over the projectile does not compress (>[email protected]ℎ << 1) and, hence, 6 is constant.
• The vector components of the drag force F are identified by: DE = F× cos('), where cos ' = LM‖1‖,
and, DN = F× sin('), where sin ' = LQ‖1‖.
Since F is always positive its direction must be corrected to ensure that drag force vector F
is in the exact opposite direction of the projectile’s motion, i.e., the direction of the vector 1.
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1. Equation of Motion [2 Marks]
Develop the equations of motion of this projectile motion in Figure 1. Show all steps including
a freebodydiagram (include all drag force components).
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2. Analytical Solution [2 Marks]
i. Linearization: Obtain the linearized version of the nonlinear equations of motion
defined in part 1 by neglecting drag.
ii. Using this linearized equation of motion from (i), derive for the analytical solution for
the position, velocity and acceleration as functions of time.
iii. Determine the time needed for the projectile to reach the ground .(R) = 0 and the
corresponding distance travelled (%coordinate).
Answer within this box. Change the size of the box if needed.
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3. Finite Differences [5 Marks]
i. Derive the finite difference equation for the projectile, starting from the nonlinear
equation of motion obtained in part 1. Show all steps.
ii. In addition, define and justify how finite differences is initialised.
iii. Show your MATLAB code for the implementation of the finite difference problem
from (i) and (ii).
Answer within this box. Change the size of the box if needed.
(Include initialisation from (ii) and do not include the code part responsible for the plotting)
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4. Discretization and Convergence [5 Marks]
The resolution of your solution is completely dependent on timestep ,R and can increase
indefinitely as ,R → 0. Because of this, in the practical application of computational resources,
we are only interested in ,R which will provide results that do not change/benefit greatly from
any further increase in resolution.
Demonstrate and justify your choice for timestep ,R and the total simulation time. To start, set ,R = 1 [s] and choose a total time that allows for the project to reach the ground. Plot the
position (%, .) obtained from the Analytical and Numerical Solution neglecting drag force on
the same figure. (Note: one possible way to neglect drag force is by simply setting 8W = 0)
i. Comment on the resolution of results, is this ,R = 1 [s] adequate?
ii. If not, change ,R until sufficient resolution is achieved. To assess this, compare the
landing position %NX( for at least five different ,R against the analytical %NX( from
Part 2, using the table provided below. Show the plot of the position (%, .) with
your chosen value for ,R.
Answer within this box. Change the size of the box if needed.
Landing position YZX[ at various \]
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Test No. ,R [s] Numerical (neglecting drag) [m] Error (%)
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5. Analytical vs. Numerical (neglecting drag force) [5 Marks]
Using the linear analytical solution from part 2 and the numerical solution from part 3
neglecting drag force (e.g., can be done by simply setting 8W = 0)
i. Show a separate plot for each of the following variables with respect to time: vertical
position, the magnitude of velocity, and magnitude of acceleration. In each plot, for
each variable, display both the Analytical and Numerical results for comparison.
[suggestion: use subplots to generate three separate plots for each variable all in one
figure. Plot from time R = 0 to the time taken to reach the ground, i.e. when RNX(.]
ii. Comment and provide an explanation for the agreement (or, disagreement) of
analytical vs. numerical solution (neglecting drag force) results.
Answer within this box. Change the size of the box if needed.
*Ensure your plots are labelled, easy to read, and well presented.
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6. Numerical Investigation [6 Marks]
In this section, the effect of air resistance (drag force) will be investigated numerically by using
only the numerical solution (i.e., finite difference) from part 3 to solve the case where drag is
neglected (as done similarly in part 5) and the case where drag is included.
i. Plot the position (%, .) of the projectile for the results with and without drag force in
the same figure for comparison.
Also, show a separate plot for each of the following variables with respect to time:
vertical position, the magnitude of velocity, and magnitude of acceleration. In each
plot, for each variable, display both the results with and without force in the same
figure for comparison.
ii. Comment on the characteristics observed and provide an explanation for the
agreement (or, disagreement) of the numerical results with and without drag force.
Suggestion, consider the following:
• How well does the linear assumption compare against the fully nonlinear
equation?
• Is drag relevant in the motion?
Answer within this box. Change the size of the box if needed.
*Ensure your plots are labelled, easy to read, and well presented.