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# Yolanda throws a sphere up in the air from the top of a building. Help!!!!

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If u could help me!! I'm a very slow student

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Yolanda throws a sphere up in the air from the top of a building. After tt seconds, the height of the sphere above the ground is hh feet, where h=−16t2+30t+78.h=−16t2+30t+78. After how many seconds does the sphere hit the ground?

beebee1  Jan 3, 2018
edited by beebee1  Jan 3, 2018

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After  t  seconds, the height of the sphere above the ground is  h  feet, where

h  =  -16t2 + 30t + 78

After how many seconds does the sphere hit the ground?

When the sphere is on the ground, its height is zero. We want to know the time when the height of the sphere is zero. That is, we want to know  t  when  h = 0 . We want to know the value of  t  that makes this equation true:

0  =  -16t2 + 30t + 78

To solve for  t , let's first divide both sides of the equation by  2 .

0  =  -8t2 + 15t + 39

t  =  $${-15 \pm \sqrt{15^2-4(-8)(39)} \over 2(-8)}$$

t   =   $${-15 \pm \sqrt{225+1248} \over -16}$$

t   =   $${-15 \pm \sqrt{1473} \over -16}$$

t   =   $${-15 + \sqrt{1473} \over -16}$$          or          t  =  $${-15 - \sqrt{1473} \over -16}$$

t  ≈  -1.461                    or          t  ≈  3.336

Since  t  is a measure of time, it should be the positive option.

So...the sphere hits the ground after about  3.336  seconds.

hectictar  Jan 3, 2018
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Just confirming before answer, is this what the question lloks like

Yolanda throws a sphere up in the air from the top of a building. After t2 seconds, the height of the sphere above the ground is h2 feet, where h=−16t2+30t+78. After how many seconds does the sphere hit the ground?

Rauhan  Jan 3, 2018
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After  t  seconds, the height of the sphere above the ground is  h  feet, where

h  =  -16t2 + 30t + 78

After how many seconds does the sphere hit the ground?

When the sphere is on the ground, its height is zero. We want to know the time when the height of the sphere is zero. That is, we want to know  t  when  h = 0 . We want to know the value of  t  that makes this equation true:

0  =  -16t2 + 30t + 78

To solve for  t , let's first divide both sides of the equation by  2 .

0  =  -8t2 + 15t + 39

t  =  $${-15 \pm \sqrt{15^2-4(-8)(39)} \over 2(-8)}$$

t   =   $${-15 \pm \sqrt{225+1248} \over -16}$$

t   =   $${-15 \pm \sqrt{1473} \over -16}$$

t   =   $${-15 + \sqrt{1473} \over -16}$$          or          t  =  $${-15 - \sqrt{1473} \over -16}$$

t  ≈  -1.461                    or          t  ≈  3.336

Since  t  is a measure of time, it should be the positive option.

So...the sphere hits the ground after about  3.336  seconds.

hectictar  Jan 3, 2018

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