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**Motion along a Straight Line problem !PLEASE HELP!**

**An alert hiker sees a boulder fall from the top of a distant cliff and notes that it takes 1.30 s for the boulder to fall the last third of the way to the ground. You may ignore air resistance.**

I have calculated the last 1/3 of the distance to be 8.281 m by the formula y=(1/2)(a)(t^2) where a=gravity=9.8 meters per second.

However to find the total distance of the cliff, I can't just multiply the distance of the last third times 3 because the boulder is accelerating throughout the entire distance, so how do I find the totatl distance?

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