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Using a Parabola: Maximum Height Reached by a Soccer Ball

If a soccer ball is kicked straight up from the ground with an initial velocity of 32 feet per second, then its height above the earth in feet is given by s(t) = -16t^2 + 32t where t is time in seconds. Graph this parabola for 0 < or equal to t < or equal to 2. What is the maximum height reached by the ball?

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This solution provides a step-wise response, which includes a figure, to illustrate how to find the maximum height of a soccer ball using the vertex of a parabola. This is all presented in an attached Word document.