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A cement block accidentally falls from rest from the ledge of a 51.5 -m-high building. When the block is 12.9 m above the ground, a man, 1.60 m tall, looks up and notices that the block is directly above him. How much time, at most, does the man have to get out of the way?

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    H-h= gt²/2
    t=sqrt{2(H-h)/g} =
    =sqrt{2(51.5-12.9)/9.8}=2.8 s.
    v=gt =9.8•2.8=27.44 m/s
    h₁=12.9 – 1.6 =11.3 m
    gt₁² + vt₁-h₁= 0,
    t₁² + 27.44t₁- 11.3 = 0,
    t₁² + 2.8t₁- 1.15 = 0,
    t₁=0.39 s

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