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Question 05 (b) 

A stone is shot vertically into the air at an initial velocity of 16 m/s. Its height (in metres) above the ground after seconds is given by (b) What is the velocity of the stone when it hits the ground? 
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Hint 1 

First, find the time at which the stone hits the ground. 
Hint 2 

Note that the velocity is a derivative of the height function . i.e., . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. By Hint 1, we first solve . Since the factorization of is , we can easily find that the solutions to are and Since is the starting time, the stone hits the ground at . On the other hand, by Hint 2 and the solution of part (a), the velocity is Therefore, the velocity at is Answer: (metre per sec) 