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    Solve 50=50+2.00t+-0.0265t^2

    50=50+2.00t+-0.0265t^2

    Is it possible to solve for t? I mean, I have to use this function to find a physics question where I need to find how long after the starting point that the turtle equals rest.

    Do I need to use two equations to solve for t?
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    Re: Basic question

    Subtract 50 from each side and then see if you can factor it.
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    Re: Basic question

    Is this your equation?

    50=50+2.00t-0.0265t^2

    If so, you can solve for t .

    Do the following:

    1. Take 50 from both sides
    2. Factor out t so you have 2 linear factors
    3. Apply the null factor law
    4. Post you attempt at an answer

    Good Luck!
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    Re: Basic question

    Thanks so much guys! Its people like you who make my life easier and get me better grades, especially in physics. Sometimes I just lose sight of simple math.
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    Re: Basic question

    I did get 32 seconds though, which is right. Again, much appreciated.
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    Re: Basic question

    It is hoped that you also found t = 0?
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    Re: Basic question

    Quote Originally Posted by TKHunny View Post
    It is hoped that you also found t = 0?


    you bet.
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