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# Physics in films

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Intuitor: Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

PHYSICS IN FILMS: pseudoscience – Costas

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“Physics in Films” A New Approach to Teaching Science C. Efthimiou1 and R. Llewellyn2

Physics in Films: A New Approach to Teaching Science Costas J. Efthimiou, Ralph Llewellyn

PHYSICS IN FILMS: AN ASSESSMENT C. Efthimiou, R. Llewellyn, D. Maronde, T. Winningham

## Analysis of scenes in films

The good, the bad and the ugly of physics in films.

## The books we can learn from.

### Kinematic equations for a spear throw in Troy (2004, Dir. Wolfgang Peterson)

Troy – Spear Throw – Achilles    ay = – g     y = y0 + v0t – ½ gt2

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2007/troy.shtml

### Newtonian physics in Gravity (2013, Dir. Alfonso Cuarón. )

Gravity – Official Main Trailer (Warner Brothers)

### For every force there is an equal and opposite force: MythBusters

MythBusters: Air Cylinder Rocket

### Force of a Superhero: Superman Returns (2006, Bryan Singer)

Superman Returns Airplane Rescue scene

Calculating the force of Superman’s strength

### Conservation of momentum

Eraser. Bad momentum with Quake-like railgun. Arnold Schwarzenegger

U.S. Navy unveils high-speed rail gun: Momentum is enormous

### Coefficient of friction (between skin and metal) – Also: Center of gravity

Hulk (2003, Dir. Ang Lee) Center of gravity, coefficient of friction of skin

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2007/hulk.shtml

### Friction

Castaway (2000, Dir. Robert Zemeckis, with Tom Hanks)

### Projectile motion (correct or not?)

Pearl Harbor attack scene : Projectile motion conceptual failure

### Centripetal force

Centripetal Motion – 2001 A Space Odyssey

Babylon 5: Scene in zero-g railcar travelling along interior of rotating space station.

Visions Of The High Frontier: Rotating Space Colonies of 1970