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A certain freely failing object requires 1.70 s to travel the last 20.5 m before it hits the ground. From what height above the ground did it fall?

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    Let H be the initial height.
    Let T be the time it takes to fall the full height H.
    g/2 T^2 = 4.9 T^2 = H
    (g/2)(T-1.7)^2 = 4.9(T-1.7)^2 = H - 20.5

    Combine the equations to eliminate H, so you can solve for T. Then calculate H.

    4.9T^2 = 4.9(T-1.7)^2 + 20.5
    4.9T^2 = 4.9T^2 -16.66 T +14.161 +20.5
    16.66T = 34.66
    T = 2.08 s

    H = 4.9 T^2 = 21.2 m

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