Algebra 2 (1st Edition)

Published by McDougal Littell
ISBN 10: 0618595414
ISBN 13: 978-0-61859-541-9

Chapter 4 Quadratic Functions and Factoring - 4.5 Solve Quadratic Equations by Finding Square Roots - 4.5 Exercises - Problem Solving - Page 270: 38



Work Step by Step

The height function is $h=-16t^2+h_0$ where $h_0$ is the initial height and $t$ is the passed time. Hence here: $h=-16t^2+40$. He lands when $h=0$, thus: $0=-16t^2+40\\16t^2=40\\t^2=2.5\\t=\pm\sqrt{2.5}$ But $t$ must be positive, thus $t=\sqrt{2.5}$, and this is how long he was in the air for.
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