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Title: Newton's problem of minimal resistance for bodies containing a half-space
Author: Plakhov, A.
Keywords: Billiards
Body of minimal resistance
Multiple collisions
Newton's problem
Integral equations
Set theory
Theorem proving
Minimal resistance
Multiple collisions
Newton problem
Unbounded bodies
Bodies of revolution
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: We consider Newton's problem of minimal resistance for unbounded bodies in Euclidean space ℝd, d ≥ 2. A homogeneous flow of noninteracting particles of velocity v falls onto an immovable body containing a half-space {x : (x, n) < 0} ⊂ ℝd, (v, n) < 0. No restriction is imposed on the number of (elastic) collisions of the particles with the body. For any Borel ser A ⊂ {v}⊥ of finite measure, consider the flow of cross-section A: the part of initial flow that consists of particles passing through A. We construct a sequence of bodies that minimize resistance to the flow of cross-section A, for arbitrary A. This sequence approximates the half-space; any particle collides with any body of the sequence at most twice. The infimum of resistance is always one half of corresponding resistance of the half-space. © 2004 Plenum Publishing Corporation.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1023/B:JODS.0000024124.04032.ef
ISSN: 1079-2724
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