Monthly Archives: September 2017

Homework

Assignment: 1. Reanalyze one of the scenes from “Eraser” where someone fires a railgun. This time, treat it as an impulse problem to figure out how much force the gun would exert on the shooter when fired. 2. Calculate the … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey

This movie is older than I am, and yet it endures as one of the best examples of space-related physics in a movie. It’s worth pointing out that it also holds a spot on most lists of the “Top 100” … Continue reading

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Reading assignment

Ch. 2 of Don’t Try this at Home; Ch. 5 of ISMP

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Armageddon

OK, there are plenty of things to criticize about this movie from a physics perspective, but at least they get off on the right foot. The opening sequence describes pretty well the event most scientists believe killed off the dinosaurs … Continue reading

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pp. 57-82 of Don’t Try This at Home; Ch. 7 of ISMP

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Eraser

You could substitute just about any action movie here. Anything starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, etc. should do fine. They all have the same cliches and the same bad examples of physics. The two most widely … Continue reading

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Reading assignment

pp. 49-56 – Don’t Try this at Home; Ch. 12 – ISMP

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