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Homework Help: Motion Problem

  1. Sep 20, 2004 #1
    can someone help me with this problem? A hot air balloon is descending at a rate of 2.0 m/s when a passenger drops a camera. (a) If the camera is 50 m above the ground when it is dropped, how long does it take to reach the ground? (b) What is its velocity just before it lands? Let upward be the positive direction for this problem.

    i did part a by this formula. 50 = (-2.0m/s)t + (1/2)(-10m/s2)t2
    s2 = s squared t2 = t squared
    i tried to solve for t and i got 2.9, but that not the right answer. anyone know what i did wrong?
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  3. Sep 20, 2004 #2
    oh sorry i just saw the sticky for the homework forum. i'll post it there
  4. Sep 21, 2004 #3
    Rather than forcing yourself to solve a quadratic equation, try using another simpler kinematic formula. You know initial velocity, distance, and acceleration due to gravity, and you need to know time: what formula relates all those variables?
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2004
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