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Homework Help: Question on Physics problem of time and distance

  1. Feb 28, 2012 #1
    I have this problem im doing for college algebra. Its been giving me a lot of trouble and i have know idea how to handle it. the problem is that is a ball that were thrown from the top of a 96 foot building traveling at an initial velocity of 80 ft/s would travel from there all the way to the ground how many seconds would it reach the ground(a) and the top of the building(b)? they also give an equation for that represents the distance travelled (d=96+80t-16t^2) Ive been stuck on the problem for a good while and have now idea how to go by it
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  3. Feb 28, 2012 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Daniol10! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    (try using the X2 button just above the Reply box :wink:)

    ok, so you have an equation d = 96 + 80t - 16t2,

    and you need to sove it for (a) d = 0, and (b) d = 96.

    sooo … just put that value of d into the equation, and solve it as an ordinary quadratic equation in t …

    what do you get? :smile:
  4. Feb 28, 2012 #3
    Thanks! I had forgotten about the quadratic formula. I ended up with 6 sec for (a) and 5 sec for (b)
  5. Feb 29, 2012 #4


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    Fine! :smile:

    btw, you'll notice that both equations have another solution …

    eg for (a) it's -1 s, which is when it would have had to be thrown from the ground to follow the same trajectory! :wink:
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