1. PF Contest - Win "Conquering the Physics GRE" book! Click Here to Enter
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Initial velocity question

  1. Oct 16, 2006 #1
    The question is as follows:

    A man stands at the edge of the roof of a building 20.0m above the ground.He throws a ball vertically straight upwards(it just misses the edge of the building as it falls back down).If the total time taken for the ball to travel from his hand to the ground is 5.5seconds what is the initial velocity of the ball?

    My question is,is it correct to use the following formula to solve the problem: x=xo + vot + 1/2at^2

  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 16, 2006 #2
    Yes, it is. However, do be careful when dealing with the directions. Define ur +ve and -ve directions first.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2006
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook