Introduction: Ernie Thayer hits a baseball and it travels for 433.1 feet before it lands. When he hits the ball, the ball is between about 2 feet and about 5 feet high. If we ignore air resistance, then physics tells us that the flight of the baseball can be modelled using a quadratic equation of the form:
where x is the horizontal distance that the ball has travelled, and y is the height of the ball at the given distance.
So that's the real life problem. I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the problem started. I have an equation that I think I can use:
Now the start of the homework is:
(a) The following questions deal witht he initial height of the ball:
I. With respect to the real life situation, what is happening when x=0?
So please help me if you can. I'd really truly appreciate it.