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An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214
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26 Nov 2007, 14:07
gregspirited wrote:
An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214

hmm interesting:

got B. will write more later if it ic correct.
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26 Nov 2007, 16:43
gregspirited wrote:
An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214

Is this written correctly? why do we have -16(t-3)2? why not just

-32(t-3). Just making sure i am reading this correctly.
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26 Nov 2007, 16:57
gregspirited wrote:
An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214

B,

The object reaches its max height when t=3.
To find the height two seconds after the object reaches its max height means to find height when t=5.

just plug in 5
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26 Nov 2007, 17:41
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
gregspirited wrote:
An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214

Is this written correctly? why do we have -16(t-3)2? why not just

-32(t-3). Just making sure i am reading this correctly.

Looks like a bogus question to me. I dont see how it could be written correctly. If "h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150." is right then it reaches maximum height at ZERO seconds. h = -32(0-3) + 150 = 236
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26 Nov 2007, 17:58
robertrdzak wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
gregspirited wrote:
An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214

Is this written correctly? why do we have -16(t-3)2? why not just

-32(t-3). Just making sure i am reading this correctly.

Looks like a bogus question to me. I dont see how it could be written correctly. If "h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150." is right then it reaches maximum height at ZERO seconds. h = -32(0-3) + 150 = 236

t can not be negative, and it can not be zero, zero would mean the object did not move at all, and if it is thrown upwards, then h (t=0) is defenetely is not the max height.

but it makes sense that the closer t is to zero the higher is h, let`s say t is very close to zero, then h after 2 seconds must be very close to h (t=2)

h=-16(2-3)2+150=182....hmm
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26 Nov 2007, 18:13
gregspirited wrote:
An object thrown directly upward is at a height of h feet after t seconds, where h = -16 (t - 3)2 + 150. At what height, in feet, is the object 2 seconds after it reaches its maximum height?

A. 6
B. 86
C. 134
D 150
E. 214

I thought when t = 1 - you get the max height.

-16(-2)2 + 150 = 214

and the fall in height in 2 sec is

-16(-1)2 + 150 = 182.

the diff. I got was 32 ..but none of the answer choices is 32. Dont know where I am going wrong.
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Height of an object thrown upwards ... Wrong Equation [#permalink]

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26 Nov 2007, 18:56
The equation is incorrect to start with. As I querried my system for past discussions on this particular question, I found that the original equation is:

h=-16(t-3)^2+150

I think that explains why gregspirited had the confusion, triggering all the follow-up posts. Also, this question was debated for a long time on beatthegmat.com forums. I'm including a link for the discussion thread on beatthegmat.com to help those curious souls that have enough patience and interest in seeing what all possible solutions were arrived at when the posted the wrong equation..

http://www.beatthegmat.com/set-26-q-21-t5149.html#20127 For those having difficulty accessing the URL, I've made a PDF file out of the discussions on Beatthegmat.com and attached it here..Hope this helps. Good luck.
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27 Nov 2007, 13:01
Sorry Guys...My equation was wrong as wizard had posted. It should be ^2 and not *2. I was in bit hurry when I posted.
But when ^2 it is a valid question and good one too.

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