A smart-phone is thrown upwards from the top of a 240-foot building with an initial velocity of 32 feet per second. The height h of the smart-phone after t seconds is given by the quadratic equation h=-16t^2+32t+240. When will the smart-phone hit the ground?
math - Reiny, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:32am
when it hits the ground, h = 0
16t^2 - 32t - 240 = 0
t^2 - 2t - 15 = 0
(t-5)(t+3) = 0
t = 5 or t = -3, which is not acceptable
it will hit the ground after 5 seconds