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Homework Help: Finding time for a particular position of vertically thrown baseball

  1. Jul 12, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A baseball pitcher makes a big mistake and throws the ball straight up. If it reaches a maximum height of 15 m. Find the times when the ball was 8.0 m above the ground.
    I already solved the variables needed
    Vi= 17 m/s
    Time the ball spent in the air= 3.5 s
    average velocity= 8.6 m/s
    balls velocity when its displacement equals to 8.0= ±12 m/s
    a= -9.8 m/s2

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I managed to find the first time by finding the balls velocity when its first 8.0 m from the ground by using the equation Vf2=vi2+2ad then plugging that into Vf=Vi+at to get a time of 0.56 s. But I just can't seem to be able to find the time for when the ball comes back down and crosses the 8.0 m mark again.
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  3. Jul 12, 2016 #2


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    When solving Vf2=vi2+2ad for Vf, you take a square root. But this gives two possible answers.
    For example, the two solutions of x2 = 4 are x = 2 and x = -2.
  4. Jul 12, 2016 #3
    Well the answer is a positive because I was solving it for when the ball was hitting the 8.0 m mark while going up. But it's the coming back down part I have trouble with.
  5. Jul 12, 2016 #4
    I managed to get the answer. Thanks for helping :)
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