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Homework Help: Object in free fall - Velocity

  1. May 8, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An object is in free fall at the surface of the Earth. In a certain 1.0 second time interval, the average velocity of the object is measured to be 2.0 m/s downward.

    What was the velocity of the object at the beginning of the 1.0 second interval?

    2. Relevant equations

    Vavg = vi + vf / 2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I came across this as i am studying for my physics final.

    The answer is 2.9 m/s upward.

    I am not sure how to get this because i cannot think of the right equation to use to get me to the correct answer.

    Any help or hints would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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  3. May 8, 2010 #2


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    You have the first equation, with 2 unknowns.
    You need another equation of motion to solve for vi and vf.
    List what is known and unknown.
    Watch your plus and minus signs.
  4. May 8, 2010 #3
    It seems to me you need a starting point. The problem as stated seems insoluable--or having infinite solutions, if you prefer.
  5. May 8, 2010 #4
    Thank you Jay. I think i got it now using the other equation: vf = vi + at
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