Example 2

Three students are shooting wads of paper with a rubber band, aiming for a trash can in the front of the room. The height of each student’s paper wad in feet is given as a function of the time in seconds. Which student’s paper wad flies the highest? • The path of Alejandro’s paper wad is modeled by the equation . • Melissa’s paper wad is estimated to reach the heights shown in the table below. • After seconds, Connor’s paper wad achieves a maximum height of feet above the floor.