Two Objects, Constant Acceleration, 1D Forces, Collision Question

In summary, the problem involves a ball being dropped from a 50.0 m-high cliff and a stone being thrown straight up from the bottom of the cliff with a speed of 21.0 m/s. They collide part way up and the question is to determine the common impact time and height. The equations for one-dimensional motion can be used to solve for the time and height, but setting them equal to each other does not yield a solution. Further guidance is needed to solve the problem.
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Homework Statement



A ball is dropped from the top of a 50.0 rm m-high cliff. At the same time, a carefully aimed stone is thrown straight up from the bottom of the cliff with a speed of 21.0 m/s. The stone and ball collide part way up.

Homework Equations



v = v0+at
x = x0 + v0t + (1/2)at2
v2 = v20+2a(x- x0)

The Attempt at a Solution



Two objects, each with different components of one-dimensional motion. The two objects will share a common impact time because they are put into motion at the same time. I have tried solving for time and setting the equations equal to each other, but this yields no result because when I arrange the quadratic formula it evaluates to y = 0, which doesn't make sense. I don't need explicit help (although I don't mind, I just hate typing this out so I don't expect people trying to help me to), I just need a direction to take this problem.

Thanks
 
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What is the question?
 
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If they collide there are two things that must be equal.

Time. and Height.
 

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The equation for calculating acceleration of two objects is a = (v2 - v1) / t, where a is acceleration, v2 is the final velocity, v1 is the initial velocity, and t is the time interval.

2. How do you determine the net force acting on an object?

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3. What happens to the kinetic energy of two objects during a collision?

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4. Can two objects with different masses have the same acceleration?

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