The distance an object falls is directly proportional to the square of the time it has been falling. After 6seconds it has fallen 1296 feet. How long will it take to fall 2304 feet?

1 Answer
Jul 7, 2016

Answer:

8 seconds

Explanation:

Let distance be #d#
Let time be #t#
Let 'directly proportionate to' be #alpha#
Let the constant of proportionality by #k#

#=>d" " alpha" " t^2#

#=>d=kt^2#
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Given condition is at #t=6"; "d=1296 ft#

#=>1296=k(6)^2#

#=>k=1296/36 = 36#

So #color(blue)(d=36t^2)#
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Find t for a distance of 2304 ft

#d=36t^2-> t=sqrt(d/36)#

#=>t=sqrt(2304/36) = 48/6=8" seconds"#