When Does the Package Reach the Ground?

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In summary, a helicopter is moving upwards at a speed of 5.5m/s and a package is dropped from a window at a height of 100m. Using the equation delta y = Vot + 1/2at^2, with Vo = 5.5m/s, a = -9.8m/s^2, and delta y = -100m, the time it takes for the package to reach the ground can be solved using the quadratic formula. The two solutions obtained using the formula are t = 5.11s and t = -10.46s, with only t = 5.11s making sense in this situation.
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Homework Statement


A helicopter is ascending vertically with a speed of 5.5m/s. At a height of 100m above the Earth, a package is dropped from a window. How much time does it take the package to reach the ground?


Homework Equations


delta y = Vot + 1/2at^2


The Attempt at a Solution


well I know that:
Vo= 5.5m/s
a=-9.8 m/s^2
delta y= -100m

I re-wrote the equation so that I would solve it using the the quadratic formula.
-5.5 + the square root of (5.5)^2 -4(-4.9)(100)/ 2(-4.9)
My teacher gave us the answer of t= 5.11s, but I can't figure out how he did it.
 
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Here's a site with the full quadratic formula: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/QuadraticFormula.html" . Just plug in the numbers and you'll get 2 solutions. Only one will make sense for this problem.
 
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Your equation is not quite correct it's -5.5 plus or minus the sq rt...etc. You will get 2 values for t...which is correct? (also, be sure to check all math).
 

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