The formula for the height of a ball as a function of time is given by the equation h = -16t^2 + vt + h, where h is the height of a ball in feet, v is the initial velocity of the ball in feet per second, h is the initial height of the ball in feet, and t is the time in seconds after the ball was thrown. If a ball is thrown from an initial height of 5 feet at an initial velocity of 20 feet per second, what is its height after 1 second?
It's really poor form to use 'h' to mean two different things in two different places in the same formula. Fortunately, we know what you mean. H = h + vt - 16t² You have said that ... initial height = 5 feet initial velocity = 20 feet per second, no direction given time = 1 second Since you gave us the magnitude of the initial velocity but not its direction, there are a huge number of possibilities. I'll focus only on two of them: 20 feet per second straight down, and 20 feet per second straight up. Initial velocity is downward: H = (5) + (-20) (1) - 16 (1)² H = 5 - 20 - 16 = 5 - 36 = 31 feet underground after 1 second Initial velocity is upward: H = (5) + (20) (1) - 16 (1)² H = 5 + 20 - 16 = 25 - 16 = 9 feet above ground after 1 second