Constant Acceleration and Free Fall Problem

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1. Homework Statement
A package is dropped from a helicopter. Note that both the helicopter and package are traveling upward at 10.0m/s when the package is released. If the package takes 3.5 seconds to hit the ground, how high was the helicopter when the package was released?
If the helicopter's velocity does no change, how far above the ground will the helicopter be located when the package hits the ground?
What is the maximum height above the ground that this package reaches after it was released by the helicopter?

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3. The Attempt at a Solution
So far I've tried to answer the first two questions question and got that the helicopter was 25.025m high when the package was released and was 60.025m above the ground when the package hit the ground.

I made an x vs. t graph, a v vs. t graph, and an a vs. t graph to help with solving these as well.

So for the last question:
"What is the maximum height above the ground that this package reaches after it was released by the helicopter?"

Would the answer be 30.227m?

Thanks for your help!
 

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Delphi51
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All correct, I think. I get slightly different answers using g = 9.81 (29.9 for the last part).
 

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