# Binomial Radical Expressions

• May 2nd 2012, 04:00 PM
Courtx33333
A hiker drops a rock from the rim of the Grand Canyon. The distance it falls d in feet after t seconds is given by the function d=16t^2. How far has the rock fallen after (3 + sq rt(2) )seconds? Please show steps!
• May 2nd 2012, 04:51 PM
skeeter
Re: Binomial Radical Expressions
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Originally Posted by Courtx33333
A hiker drops a rock from the rim of the Grand Canyon. The distance it falls d in feet after t seconds is given by the function d=16t^2. How far has the rock fallen after (3 + sq rt(2) )seconds? Please show steps!

squaring a binomial involves the following pattern ...

$(a+b)^2 = a^2 + 2ab + b^2$

so let $a = 3$ and $b = \sqrt{2}$