A ball is thrown straight up in the air at an initial speed of 30 m/s. At the same time the ball is thrown, a person standing 70 m away begins to run toward the spot where the ball will land. How fast will the person have to run to catch the ball just before it hits the ground? Ok, I have used the quadratic formula to come up with my Time (6.99 seconds) and then divided it into 70m, and came up with 10.00m/s for the V of the person. This is incorrect per my physics book. I'm thinking the problem occured on the -x part of this equation: http://physics.webplasma.com/image/page05/kin07.gif [Broken] I put 0, since the ball didn't move anywhere - all it did was go up and down. Any ideas where my source of error occured at? Thank you so much!