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Homework Help: college physics( hey bob)

Posted by anthony on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 9:18pm.

I posted this quesiotn and got some hlep but still dont know how to do it. could i please get a little more assistance please. I dont know how to solove for the time of falling or sound without the variable height.

eng physics a rock is dropped at sea cliff at the sound of it striking the ocean if head 3.4 seconds later. If the speed of sound is 340m/s how high is the cliff?


3.4 seconds= time for rock to fall+time for sound to come up.

falling: h=1/2 gt^2, or t= sqrt2h/g

sound: h=vsound*t or t=h/speedsound

3.4=sqrt 2h/g + h/speedsound

looks like a quadratic equation to me.
let u^2=h
u^2/speedsound+u sqrt2/g - 3.4=0
solve for u, then go back and solve for h.

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