coefficient of lift

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A unitless number which indicates a body's ability to generate lift as it moves through a fluid. The magnitude of the coefficient depends on the shape of the body and its angle of attack. For example, the coefficient of lift for a discus in flight is about 1.2 for an angle of attack of 22° and only 0.7 for an angle of attack of 3°.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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