The law refers to the frictional force — also called drag force — exerted on spherical objects with very small Reynolds numbers (e.g., very small particles) in a continuous viscous fluid.
Editors. "George Stokes proves Stokes Law". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2009
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