Assignment: Although we must be willing to accept some flaunting of the laws of physics to truly enjoy any superhero movie, I still expect you, as students of physics, to be able to spot obvious flaws. For this week’s assignment, I want you to identify 3 scenes in Avengers: Infinity War, where one of the characters blatantly violates one of Newton’s 3 laws of motion. I want you to be specific. State which law is violated and how the character’s action violates it. Let’s not pick on things like psychic, mystic, or magical powers, where you have no way of explaining what actually happened. If you need some help getting started, you could take a look at “The Science of Superheroes” (available in electronic form through the library web page) or “The Physics of Superheroes” (available on reserve in the library). Violations of Newton’s Laws are common calling cards of almost all superheroes, with violations of conservation of mass, energy, and momentum following close behind. Feel free to comment on violations of any of these.
Please post your entry to your blog by Sunday, 6 Oct.