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    The position of an object in free fall near the surface of the plane where the acceleration due to gravity has a constant magnitude of g(length-units)/sec^2 is given by the equation:
    s=- \frac{1}{2}gt^2+v_0t+s_0, where s is the height above the earth, v_0 is the initial velocity and s_0 is the initial height. Give the initial value problem for this situation. Solve it to check its validity. Remember the positive direction is the upward direction.

    I kno about the relationship between distance, speed, velocity, acceleration. But i am confused here as to what is being asked. Help please??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ife View Post
    The position of an object in free fall near the surface of the plane where the acceleration due to gravity has a constant magnitude of g(length-units)/sec^2 is given by the equation:
    s=- \frac{1}{2}gt^2+v_0t+s_0, where s is the height above the earth, v_0 is the initial velocity and s_0 is the initial height. Give the initial value problem for this situation. Solve it to check its validity. Remember the positive direction is the upward direction.

    I kno about the relationship between distance, speed, velocity, acceleration. But i am confused here as to what is being asked. Help please??
    I'm not sure but I think the problem wants you to show that if you integrate the acceleration function you get the velocity function, if you integrate the velocity function you get the position function.
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