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8-109.

Fireworks for the annual Fourth of July show are launched straight up from a steel platform. The launch of the entire show is computer controlled. The height of a particular firework in meters off ground level is given by$h = -4.9t^2 + 49t +11.27$, where time, $t$, is in seconds.

1. What was the height of the platform? What is the maximum height the firework reached? How many seconds until it hit the ground?

Substitute $t = 0$ to find the height of the platform.

Use the Quadratic Formula to find the roots. Average them to find the line of symmetry.

You have now found the parameter $h$ in the general equation $y = a(x - h)^² + k$.
The given equation has the same a value, $-4.9$.
Solve for $k$ by substituting the point you found in part (a).

$h(x) = -4.9(t - 5)^² + 133.77$

2. Rewrite the equation in factored form. Why might factored form of the equation be useful?

The factored form reveals the intercepts. Remember to include the a value in your factored equation.