## calculate when displacement are equal

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

One stone is dropped from the the top of a tall cliff, and a second stone with the same mass is thrown vertically from the same cliff with a velocity of 10.0 m/s [down], 0.50seconds after the first. Calculate the distance below the top of the cliff at which the second stone overtakes the first?

2. Relevant equations
v=0
d= -1/2(a)(t)^2

v=10
d=10(t)-1/2(a)(t)^2

3. The attempt at a solution

we have two unknowns, how can we solve it?!?!

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 Quote by ahmedb 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data One stone is dropped from the the top of a tall cliff, and a second stone with the same mass is thrown vertically from the same cliff with a velocity of 10.0 m/s [down], 0.50seconds after the first. Calculate the distance below the top of the cliff at which the second stone overtakes the first? 2. Relevant equations v=0 d= -1/2(a)(t)^2 v=10 d=10(t)-1/2(a)(t)^2
The time in this equation should be (t - 0.50), if t is the time in the previous equation .
 3. The attempt at a solution we have two unknowns, how can we solve it?!?!
Two equations in two unknowns.
 i still don't get the answer, can you explain the steps please

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## calculate when displacement are equal

 Quote by ahmedb i still don't get the answer, can you explain the steps please
First rewrite the second equation,

d=10(t)-1/2(a)(t)2 ,

using (t - 0.5) in place of t. (This is because the second stone is in the air for 1/2 second less time than the first stone.)

Then "FOIL" the (t - 0.5)2, multiply out everything in the expression and then collect terms.

See what you have then.

 Quote by SammyS First rewrite the second equation, d=10(t)-1/2(a)(t)2 , using (t - 0.5) in place of t. (This is because the second stone is in the air for 1/2 second less time than the first stone.) Then "FOIL" the (t - 0.5)2, multiply out everything in the expression and then collect terms. See what you have then.
so after you foil, you make the displacement equal to each other, and then solve for t, and then plug "T" into the original equation?

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 Quote by ahmedb so after you foil, you make the displacement equal to each other, and then solve for t, and then plug "t" into the original equation?
Yes.

 Quote by SammyS Yes.
can you also do: d= -1/2(a)(t+.5)^2

cas the ffirst stone is .5 seconds in air longer than the second stone

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 Quote by ahmedb can you also do: d= -1/2(a)(t+.5)^2 cas the ffirst stone is .5 seconds in air longer than the second stone
You can do either

t for the first stone and (t - 0.5) for the second stone,

OR

(t - 0.5) for the first stone and t for the second stone,

but not both (t + 0.5) and (t - 0.5).

 Quote by SammyS You can do either t for the first stone and (t - 0.5) for the second stone, OR (t - 0.5) for the first stone and t for the second stone, but not both (t + 0.5) and (t - 0.5).
don't you mean "t for the first stone and (t "+" 0.5) for the second stone,"?

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 Quote by ahmedb don't you mean "t for the first stone and (t "+" 0.5) for the second stone,"?
No. No matter how you express the time for each stone the time for the second stone is always 0.5 s less than the time for the first stone.

Therefore, the time for the first stone is always 0.5 s more than the time for the second stone.

 Quote by SammyS No. No matter how you express the time for each stone the time for the second stone is always 0.5 s less than the time for the first stone. Therefore, the time for the first stone is always 0.5 s more than the time for the second stone.
(t - 0.5) for the first stone and t for the second stone,

for that cas the time for the first one is 5 less than the time for the second stone.

so is this correct "(t + 0.5) for the first stone and t for the second stone,"?

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 Quote by ahmedb (t - 0.5) for the first stone and t for the second stone, for that cas the time for the first one is 5 less than the time for the second stone. so is this correct "(t + 0.5) for the first stone and t for the second stone,"?
Then, while the first stone falls for say 1 second, the the second stone would fall for 1 + 0.5 seconds. That's just not correct.
 ohh lol, now i get it, thanks :D