2D Projectile Motion

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A ball is tossed from an upper story window of a building. It has an initial velocity of 8.00 m/s at an angle of 20 degrees below the horizontal. How long does it take the ball to reach a point 10.0m below the level of launching.

I tried using the equation
yf=vi(sin(theta))-.5gt^2
Which I simplified to
(yf-vi(sin(theta)))/.5g = t^2
Then
(10-8(sin(20)))/(4.91) =t^2
Finally t=1.23, however my book says I should be getting 1.18s, what am I doing incorrectly?
Thanks in advance
 

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nasu
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Your equation is missing a "t" in the term containing the initial velocity.
The general form should be
[tex]y=y_0+v_{y0}t+1/2gt^2[/tex]
 
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Your equation is missing a "t" in the term containing the initial velocity.
The general form should be
[tex]y=y_0+v_{y0}t+1/2gt^2[/tex]

Would that mean that I need to solve the equation using the quadratic formula?
 
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CAF123
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You are missing a 't' after the [itex] v_o\sin\theta [/itex] term. After you have this, rearrange your equation into the form [itex] at^2 + bt +c = 0 [/itex] and use methods of solving quadratics.
 
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nasu
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Would that mean that I need to solve the equation using the quadratic formula?

Yes.
 
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rl.bhat
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Check the sign convention. If g is negative in the downward direction then yf -yo and vi*sin(theta) should be negative in the downward direction.
 
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Got it, thanks guys
 

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