How long does it take before the object hits the ground?

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The height of an object is through downward with a velocity of 32 ft/seec from the roof of a 128 feet tall building is modeled by: 

h(t)=-16^2-32t+128

h=height of object off the ground (in feet)

t= seconds after the object is thrown.

***How long does it take before the object his the ground? 

Oct 1st, 2015

Hello!

The object hits the ground when its height is zero.

h(t) = -16*t^2 - 32t + 128 = 0  -- it is a quadratic equation for t
(note that the time t must be >=0).

Divide this by 16 to simplify:

-t^2 - 2t + 8 = 0, or t^2 + 2t - 8 = 0.

t_1,2 = (-2 +- sqrt(4 + 32))/2 = (-2 +- sqrt(36))/2 = (-1 +- 3) = -4 or 2.

Only 2(seconds) is suitable (>0). This is the answer.

Please ask if something is unclear.
Oct 1st, 2015

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Oct 1st, 2015

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Oct 1st, 2015

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