posted by AMY on .
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?
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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