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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 -

    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 -

    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

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