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There are multiple parts, but I'm only stuck on this first part.

With what initial speed did the man throw the ball?

So at first, I thought it was zero, but computer told me it was wrong so its not. For this problem, I'm taking it to be upward is positive in the y direction, and downward past the man is negative.

I'm going to use the equation x-x0=v0(t)+.5(a)t^2

where x-x0=0

t=2sec

a=9.8m/sec^2

and I get v0=-9.8. The correct answer is 9.8. So what gives?