# Raise the Stakes explainer

#1

The aim of this puzzle: Make the balloon increase in speed as it falls, and remove it if it gets hits the ground.

Walkthrough of the solution: To change the way a transition moves a shape from point A to B, we use `.ease()`. The `.ease()` function takes 1 argument which is stored in the `d3` library. In this case, there’s only 1 ease function listed: `.easeQuadIn`. To apply the new easing function, we simply attach `.ease(d3.easeQuadIn)` to the `.transition()`. To make the balloon “pop” if it touches the ground, we need to use `.remove()`. We know that the balloon touches the ground when the transition is over, so we can simply add `.remove()` to the `.transition()` as well. The transition knows to only remove the `balloon` at the very end, even if you use `.transiton().remove()...`

Review cards:
This last puzzle might test your memory a bit. You learned about `.ease()` and `.remove()` back in the 1st Animations course. If you complete Cutting Ties, you should be able to figure out Raise the Stakes. If you want a little more practice, try solving Bowl a Strike and Strange Gravity from the last course.

Sample code solution:
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Since this is part of the final topic of the Animations II course and it is testing your knowledge, there is no sample solution code.

D3 Concepts: `.ease()`, `.remove()`

#3

Hi!
I successfully completed the last task Raise the Stakes, but everyday I have notification from application about incomplete task. Is it a bug or a feature? I would keep notifications ON if new courses will appear, but these messages are boring me.

Best regards,
Oleg.