By Immanuel Kant

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Significant Δx d2 x ∼ . 19 Explaining the exponents The numerator contains only the first power of Δx, whereas the denominator contains the second power of Δt. How can that discrepancy be correct? 3 Lumping 44 To evaluate this approximate acceleration, first decide on a significant Δx—on what constitutes a significant change in the mass’s position. The mass moves between the points x = −x0 and x = +x0 , so a significant change in position should be a significant fraction of the peak-to-peak amplitude 2x0 .

To illustrate this approximation, let’s try f(x) = cos x and estimate df/dx at x = 3π/2 with the three approximations: the origin secant, the x = 0 secant, and the significant-change approximation. The origin secant goes from (0, 0) to (3π/2, 0), so it has zero slope. It is a poor approximation to the exact slope of 1. 3 Estimating derivatives 41 secant goes from (0, 1) to (3π/2, 0), so it has a slope of −2/3π, which is worse than predicting zero slope because even the sign is wrong! The significant-change approximation might provide more accuracy.

What is the typical magnitude of the viscous term? The viscous term ν∇2 v contains two spatial derivatives of v. Because each spatial derivative contributes a factor of 1/r to the typical magnitude, ν∇2 v is roughly νv/r2 . The ratio of the inertial term to the viscous term is then roughly (v2 /r)/(νv/r2 ). This ratio simplifies to rv/ν—the familiar, dimensionless, Reynolds number. Thus, the Reynolds number measures the importance of viscosity. When Re 1, the viscous term is small, and viscosity has a negligible effect.

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