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Quadratic word problems (factored form)

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Problem

Ricardo throws a stone off a bridge into a river below.
The stone's height (in meters above the water), x seconds after Ricardo threw it, is modeled by
w, left parenthesis, x, right parenthesis, equals, minus, 5, left parenthesis, x, minus, 8, right parenthesis, left parenthesis, x, plus, 4, right parenthesis
What is the maximum height that the stone will reach?
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a multiple of pi, like 12, space, start text, p, i, end text or 2, slash, 3, space, start text, p, i, end text
meters
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