Algebra Question ```Name: Conni Status: student Age: N/A Location: N/A Country: N/A Date: N/A ``` Question: I am a homeschooling mother. My daughter is in ABEKA algebra and we are faced with a question I am not sure how to answer. The problem is as follows: "Find to the nearest foot the distance a body will fall in 5 1/5 seconds." Now, we understand that the formula for such a problem is s = 1/2gt^2. However, the solutions manual has the formula filled in as follows: s= 1/2(32)(5.2). Where did the 32 come from? This was not explained anywhere in the solutions manual or the teachers guide. Is 32 the standard measure of gravity? Replies: Dear Connie, I like that you question what is going on rather than blindly accepting the book. The acceleration due to gravity near the surface of the earth is -32 ft/sec/sec. In the metric system, the value is -9.8 meters/sec/sec. This is due to the gravitational field intensity near the surface of the earth. If we were to go to the moon, the value would be -1.6 m/s/s. It is a local number, not a universal one. Thanks for using NEWTON BBS! ---Nathan A. Unterman Click here to return to the Mathematics Archives

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