# Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2016/Question B 03 (b)

MATH102 December 2016
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### Question B 03 (b)

The velocity of a protein inside a cell starting at the top and falling under the force of gravity is given by the differential equation

${\displaystyle {\frac {dv}{dt}}=g-kv}$

where ${\displaystyle g\approx 10^{7}\mu m/s^{2}}$ is the gravitational acceleration, ${\displaystyle kv}$ is the acceleration due to drag and ${\displaystyle k=10^{13}s^{-1}}$.

(Note that this model ignores diffusion of the protein which makes it a really bad model but we’re exploring what gravity alone would do to a protein.)

(b) For a cell ${\displaystyle 10\mu m}$ in length from top to bottom, how long would it take (in seconds) for gravity alone to pull a protein across the cell if the protein moved at ${\displaystyle v_{ss}}$ the whole time?

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