Algebra 2
posted by Honey on .
A package is thrown downward with an initial velocity of 5 ft/sec from a helicopter at 300 ft. A) what is the height of the package in 2 sec? B) how long does it take to hit the ground?
Round answer to 2 decimals Enter: blank ft,blank sec.

the equation is
height = 16t^2  5t + 300
so when t=2
height = 16(4)  5(2) + 300
= 226 ft
to hit the ground, height =0
0 = 16t^2  5t + 300
16t^2 + 5t  300 = 0
t = (5 ± √19225)/32
= 4.176.. or a negative, of course negative time would be inadmissable
it would take appr 4.18 seconds to hit the ground