Answer: Air friction often modeled as a square (comes from compression of air in front of you). I think there are some hyper complicated formulas that add even higher terms, but square is really common. If you want to get fancy, can add a linear term for sliding and/or rolling friction. You can look at terminal velocity for a falling object or at automobile travel as common real world examples. I guess it depends on your point of view with downward facing, but to me, the force is increasing (e.g. if in a car, takes more gas pedal ("accelerator pedal") to match the force.
Long comment: I worry when teachers push "projects". Think it appeals to them as interesting content but is not necessarily best approach pedagogically. "Drill" (much reviled) is often more effective pedagogically. When I say interesting, I mean interesting TO THE INSTRUCTOR, not the students. Recall that for the students the material is new anyways (or if repeating course, is challenging).
In particular if you are teaching college algebra in college, you are likely dealing with weaker kids (by selection process). I would think of experimenting in pedagogy or just make your own internal challenge to increase class performance versus last year on some semi-objective reference to give yourself motivation.
Watch the movie Stand and Deliver (note the different drills as well as the progressive improvement in results by year) and read the Jay Matthews biography. Read the Escalante article in JNE: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED345942.pdf And it doesn't just need to be him (and he evolved and changed and improved over time, so not a static reference). But look at other people, flipped classroom ideas, old salts, whatever. You could even run some little study or publish something. Do an A/B trial across two sections for instance. (Sample size may not be statistically great, but still it really gets you thinking.)
[This is a general concern I have with the content uber pedagogy attitude. But, in your case, I actually found a thread on MSE where you specifically said you were bored with teaching.]