V^2 = u^2 + 2as can't be used because s is unknown.
How about v = u +at ?
t is unknown, but if you could find t when the ball hits the ground, you could just subtract 5 seconds from it and use it in the above equation.
So use s = ut + 1/2at^2
u = 0
a = g = 9.81 m/s^2
s = 75 m
s = ut + 1/2at^2
But u = 0
s = 1/2at^2
t = t = square root(2h/g)
t = t = square root(2(75)/9.81) = 3.91 seconds
So 5 seconds before the ball hits the ground, the velocity of the ball is zero because it hasn't been released!
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