Algebra

A rubber ball rebounds 3/5 of the height from which it falls. If it is initially dropped from a height of 30 ft. What total vertical distance does it travel before coming to rest?

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  1. Make a diagram

    distance during first bounce - 15 ft
    distance during 2nd bounce - 2(15)(3/5)
    distance during 3rd bounce = 2(15)(3/5)^2
    distance during 4th bounce = 2(15)(3/5)^3
    etc

    from the 2nd term on, we have a geometric series
    where a = 2(15)(3/5) = 18 and r = 3/5
    and the want Sum∞
    sum∞ = 15 + a/(1-r)
    = 15 + 18/(1-3/5)
    = 15 + 18/(2/5)
    = 15 + 45 = 60

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  2. a sub 1 = 30
    r = 3/5

    S = (r) / (1-r)
    S = {(30ft) / [(1)-(3/5)]}(3/5)
    S = 150ft / 5-3 = 150ft / 2 = 70ft

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  3. 60

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  4. 120 ft

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  5. 120...
    30+ summation(X to infinity)(30*2*(3/5)^x)
    30+90=120

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  6. S = 30 + 2 [15/(1-3/5)]
    S = 30 + 2(15/2/5)
    S = 30 +75
    S = 105 ft

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