Your goal in this experiment is to determine the height of the first, second, and third floors above the basement level in the Center for Imaging Sciences building. However, you may not use metersticks; your only tool is a stopwatch.
Your job is to use this measurements of TIME to figure out the DISTANCE of each floor above the basement level. You should also calculate the height of the ball at its peak, and its velocity when it strikes the floor.
If you finish early ....
Suppose that we were to repeat this experiment, with the same building and the same ball and exactly the same initial velocity .... but do it on the lunar surface. How high would the ball have gone? How long until the ball would have hit the floor? Can you figure out what times would have been measured by someone standing on each floor -- basement, first, second, and third?
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