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Teaching physics through films

Posted by dormouse (26th Apr 2004, 09:28) - http://physicsweb.org

"What do films like Independence Day, Armageddon and X-Men have in common? The answer is that apart from costing millions of dollars to make, they all feature in a new course called Physics in Films that is being taught to students at the University of Central Florida. Costas Efthimiou, the mathematical physicist who teaches the course, believes that non-science students learn more about the fundamentals of physics by studying films and science fiction than they do from more traditional approaches."

(arxiv.org)


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 Hack ( 13th May 2004, 18:29, Rank: Cylon Centurion )  reply

This could be unhelpful if they're trying to learn physics from the film Lost in Space.


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 dormouse ( 14th May 2004, 09:44, Rank: Jedi )  reply

I expect a large part of the course would be proving exactly why various things in films couldn't happen in real life ;)


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 John Kirk ( 14th May 2004, 18:04, Rank: Patrician )  reply

I remember a TV program I saw a few years ago ("The science of Star Trek" or similar), where they had a physicist talking about the inertial dampeners. The thing that amused me was when he was writing on the blackboard while talking, and said "Without these, the crew would become ... [fx: chalk strokes on board] chunky salsa".


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