# Spherical balls of radius R are falling in a viscous fluid of viscosity Ƞ with a velocity v. The retarding viscous force acting on the spherical ball is ___________

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Spherical balls of radius R are falling in a viscous fluid of viscosity Ƞ with a velocity v. The retarding viscous force acting on the spherical ball is ___________

(a) Directly proportional to R but inversely proportional to v

(b) Directly proportional to both radius R and velocity v

(c) Inversely proportional to both radius R and velocity v

(d) Inversely proportional to R but directly proportional to velocity v

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My question is from Buoyancy topic in section Mechanical Properties of Solids of Engineering Physics I

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Correct choice is (b) Directly proportional to both radius R and velocity v

Easiest explanation: F = 6πȠRv, which is retarding viscous force is directly proportional to both R and v.

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