One-D Kinematic Question w/ rising hot air balloon

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Homework Statement



A hot-air balloon has just lifted off and is rising at a constant rate of 2.3m/s. Suddenly, one of the passengers realizes she has left her camera on the ground. A friend picks it up and tosses it straight upward with an initial speed of 14m/s.

If the passenger is 2.5m above her friend when the camera is tossed, how high is she when the camera reaches her.


Homework Equations



Constant linear acceleration equations

v=v(i) +a*t
x=x(i) + v(i)t + 1/2at^2


The Attempt at a Solution



The part of this problem that confuses me is the acceleration of the camera. I know that the acceleration of the balloon is just -9.8 but how can I find the acceleration of the camera without time, etc. I tried solving where x(balloon)= x(camera) but i used -9.8 as the acceleration for both and i do not believe i got the right time.

Any help would be great.
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The part of this problem that confuses me is the acceleration of the camera.
The acceleration of the camera is the same as any other body in free fall.
I know that the acceleration of the balloon is just -9.8
No. You are told that the balloon is rising at a constant rate--so what must be its acceleration?
 
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The acceleration of the camera is the same as any other body in free fall.

No. You are told that the balloon is rising at a constant rate--so what must be its acceleration?

zero, ok i understand, i just thought -g would still act on the balloon but it wouldn't

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