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HS physics help. One object getting thrown upwards, and another object falling from a height. This problem shows how to find out when they met.

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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.