Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 15:21:54 -0500

Author: Paul Nord

Subject: Re: Movie Physics: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Post:

Matt,

Quick look at your assignment... I'm a little confused about what
you're asking. Probably you just want your students to read the
"Stupid Movie Physics" site and comment on the perspectives offered
there. The 'topics' don't make sense unless I've read the information
on that site.

Your first topic is "Sound in space?" What are you asking about sound
in space?

And number 7 is "Falls & Scaling issues?" Makes me think of the Star
Trek movie where Kurk is scaling a cliff and then falls, only to be
rescued by Spock at the last possible moment. Obviously, trying to
stop his fall that quickly would have ripped his leg off. Should I
also have an issue with the rock climbing technique? :)

And number 14... What do you have against teleporters? They're just
_really_ improbable. Mass/Energy/etc. are all conserved.

Add "relative speed" and "distance relationships". A small ship (even
a very large ship) from far away will be too small to be seen. If it
moves from the other side of the planet toward you in a short period of
time, it would probably pass by so quickly you would hardly have time
to see it. 'Hitchhiker's Guide' actually gets this right. The massive
(if non-yellow) brick-like Vogon ships are miles across and hundred's
of miles high. Yet, they look like tiny specks as you zoom away from
the earth.

Paul

On Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at 11:12 AM, Matt Lowry wrote:

> Howdy all,
>
> No spam here :)
>
> With "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" coming out soon, I decided to
> put a little something together for my students. I thought you might
> like it as well.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Matt Lowry
> Lake Forest HS
> College of Lake County
> Illinois
>
From steve.anderson@sonoma.edu Tue May 17 16:13:10 2005

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