Posted by **Alex** on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:37pm.

A baseball player swings and hits a pop fly straight up in the air to the catcher. The height of the baseball in meters t seconds after it is hit is given by a quadratic function h(t) = −5t^2 + 10t + 1. What is the maximum height of the baseball?

- Algebra 2 -
**Reiny**, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:50pm
Method 1: if you know Calculus

h'(t) = -10t + 10 = 0 for a max of h(t)

10t = 10

t = 1

h(1) = -5(1) + 10 + 1 = 6

max height is 6 m when t= 1 second

Method 2: complete the square of the quadratic

h(t) = -5(t^2 - 2t + ....) + 1

= -5(t^2 - 2t + 1 - 1 ) + 1

= -5((t-1)^2 - 1) + 1

= -5(t-1)^2 + 6

vertex is (1,6), which tells me the max is 6 when t = 1

method 3:

the x of the vertex is -b/(2a) for the general quadratic f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c

so in our case t of vertex = -10/(2(-5)) = 1

h(1) = -5(1) + 10(1) + 1 = 6

- Algebra 2 -
**Bosnian**, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:52pm
Quadratic function:

y = a x ^ 2 + b x + c

has minimum or maximum in point

x = - b / 2 a

If a > 0 quadratic function has minimum

If a < 0 quadratic function has maximum

In your case :

a = - 5 , b = 10 , c = 1

Function has maximum in point :

- b / 2 a = - 10 / [ 2 * ( - 5 ) ] = -10 / - 10 = 1

h ( max ) = h ( 1 ) = - 5 * 1 ^ 2 + 10 * 1 + 1 =

- 5 + 10 + 1 = 6 m

- Algebra 2 -
**Anonymous**, Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10:57pm
A baseball player swings and hits a pop fly straight up in the air to the catcher. The height of the baseball in meters t seconds after it is hit is given by a quadratic function h(t) = −4.9t^2 + 9.8t + 1. What is the maximum height of the baseball?

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