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# Problem: A ball is thrown downward with a large starting velocity. Will this ball reach the ground sooner than one that is just dropped at the same time from the same height?A) Yes, because the average speed of the thrown ball is larger it will hit the ground first.B) No, because the acceleration is the same for both balls they will reach the ground at the same time.C) No, the maximum speed for falling balls is 9.6 m/s and both will hit the ground at the same time.D) Yes, but only if the thrown ball is also heavier than the dropped ball.

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A ball is thrown downward with a large starting velocity. Will this ball reach the ground sooner than one that is just dropped at the same time from the same height?

A) Yes, because the average speed of the thrown ball is larger it will hit the ground first.

B) No, because the acceleration is the same for both balls they will reach the ground at the same time.

C) No, the maximum speed for falling balls is 9.6 m/s and both will hit the ground at the same time.

D) Yes, but only if the thrown ball is also heavier than the dropped ball.