This is my first college physics class and I am feeling a little challenged, since it is the start and all. I took physics in high school and am a bit rusty. I appreciate any help.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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

The vertical component of the velocity of a bouncing ball is shown in the graph below (graph is very large). The positive Y direction is vertically up. The ball deforms slightly when it is in contact with the ground.

[PLAIN]http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/494/graphz.png [Broken]

They want for part a: Identify the instances in time where the ball is at maximum height.

2. Relevant equations

None really for part a. Part b asks you to calculate the average velocity while the ball is in the air. Part c, when it is on the ground. Part d asks for the maximum height above the floor using the area under the graph. So for parts b and c I guess you have to use a = v / t. I will probably need some help with these. I will continue the thread when I finish part a.

3. The attempt at a solution

I am kind of mixed up on where to start for part a. I do know the vector direction is negative where the line slopes are negative, and positive respectively. At this point I am assuming that the ball is falling when the function is below the x axis and rising when it is above the x axis.

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# Homework Help: Bouncing Ball Problem, velocity vs. time

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