Fall of Javert
by Mathalicious

Between 0 and 1 seconds, a falling object travels at an average speed of 16 feet per second. (This means that at some point during the interval, it’s traveling at exactly 16 ft./sec. Let’s assume this occurs at the halfway point.)

Plot the average speeds for the intervals below, and write an equation to determine the speed of a falling object after t seconds. According to the song, how fast must Javert have been traveling when he hit the water, and do you think he could have survived? Explain.