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One of the fastest recorded pitches in major-league baseball, thrown by Billy Wagner in 2003, was clocked at 101.0 mi/h. If a pitch were thrown horizontally with this velocity, how far would the ball fall vertically by the time it reached home plate, 60.5 ft away?

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  • physics - ,

    From
    Speed * time = distance,
    solve for the time, t, to reach home plate (in seconds).

    The vertical drop, S, is given by the standard formula
    S=ut+(1/2)gt²
    u = initial vertical velocity = 0 m/s
    g= acceleration due to gravity = -9.8 m/s²
    S will come out negative because it is lower than the initial elevation.

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