1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Every morning at seven o' clock There's twenty terriers drilling on the rock. The boss comes around and he says, "Keep still And bear down heavy on the cast-iron drill And drill, ye terriers, drill." And drill, ye terriers, drill. It's work all day for sugar in your tea Down beyond the railway. And drill, ye terriers, drill. The foreman's name was John McAnn. By God, he was a blamed mean man. One day a premature blast went off And a mile in the air when big Jim Goff. And drill... Then when next payday came around Jim Goff a dollar short was found. When he asked what for, came this reply: "You were docked for the time you were up in the sky." And drill... What was Goff's hourly wage? State the assumptions you make in computing it. 2. Relevant equations y=viT+1/2aT^2 3. The attempt at a solution Ok first I converted that mile he went up to meters. So I got 1609 meters. Ok so I solved for vi by vf^2=vi^2+2ax. vi^2=19.6(1609) vi=177.58 After I got that solved for the time he was up in the air. I got y=177.58T-4.9T^2 and then I set y=0. Solving for T I get T=36.24 seconds. I need to make 36.24 seconds a fraction of an hour so I get 36.24/3600=.0100666 To find his hourly rate I use my beastly math skills and letting x=total r=rate and t=time x=rt x-1=r(t-.0100666) solving for r I get r=99.34. That's 99.34 dollars an hour!! This looks like an old poem so how could this guy be making 99.34 dollars an hour when people today are making like 25 dollars an hour with a respectable job!! Where did I go wrong or am I thinking too hard? Thanks for the help!