Equation of a badminton birdie
So the problem goes like this:
In an underhand serve, the birdie starts from a point 2m above the ground and travels a horizontal distance of 20m before it strikes the floor. The birdie travels in a parabolic path and reaches it's highest point after traveling a horizontal distance of 9m. Determine the equation of the parabola in the form .
So I know of course that becomes . The vertex is . would have to be negative, since the parabola opens downwards.
Any actual solving the equation has me stumped, Conics wasn't my best unit =\