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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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Reading assignment

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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Mission Impossible III

I’m not really interested in entering into a debate on where this particular movie ranks in the “Mission Impossible” pantheon. I do feel this one has a stronger cast of characters than I remember from the earlier ones. Ving Rhames … Continue reading

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Reading Assignment

Ch. 1 – Don’t Try this at Home, Ch. 1 – ISMP

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Syllabus

I will provide you with a copy of the syllabus for this course on the first day of class, but if you ever want to find it online, it is available at http://fragilep.people.cofc.edu/teaching/fyse130_syllabus.pdf

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Welcome!

Welcome to FYSE 130 – “Physics in Film!” This is my sixth time teaching this course and it seems like it’s more fun every time! I’m looking forward to meeting the new students this week and having some fun discussions about … Continue reading

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