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Homework Help for HS physics

Xuxa Borealis
October 7, 2016

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A ball (ball # 1) is thrown upward from the ground with an initial speed of 25 m/s; at the same instant, a
ball (ball # 2) is dropped from rest from a building 15 m high. After how long will the balls be at the same
height.
Okay so we are going to first find the equation for the height of ball # 1, which we did, but we figured
the max distance. We just want an equation for the change in height:
d = vi t + at2

(1)

Okay so with this equation we are going to plug in what we know, making an equation for finding distance
above the ground at any time t.
d = (25 m/s)t + (9.81 m/s2 )t2
Similarly, we will want to get an equation for how far above the ground ball # 2 is at any time t.
d = d0 at2

(2)

In words, the above equation is looking for a distance, d, that is the initial distance, d0 , minus the distance
gained by the effects of the ball accelerating. at2 is a distance. So lets plug in what we know to this equation.
d = (15m) (9.81 m/s)t2
So now we have the equations for how the distance above the ground changes with time for both of the balls.
Now, as I said last night we want to equate them:
(25 m/s)t + (9.81 m/s2 )t2 = (15m) (9.81 m/s)t2
Now that I have it in the correct form the two terms with t2 cancel each other out so you dont have to
worry about that.
(25 m/s)t = (15m)
t=

(15m)
(25 m/s)

t = 0.6 m/s
Im sorry I made it more difficult than necessary. This is why I need the problems before we talk, otherwise
I am working through them in ways that are a waste of your time.