Gravity (2013) is a stunning movie exploring the potential dangers of space and the physics behind them. This movie captivates the students through dazzling visuals, but the movie guide keeps them focused on analyzing the physics behind the scenes. Having said that, there are very accurate and inaccurate depictions of Newton’s Laws of Motion. But the inaccuracies add to the dramatic tension and advance the storyline of the movie. The movie guide is designed to have the students analyze the physics of the movie scenes, choose which of Newton’s Laws applies, and then describe why it applies or why it is inaccurate. The movie guide does not analyze the plot or emotional arcs during the movie, it just sticks to the physics behind each scene. The movie guide is best used for classes like physics, physical science, or astronomy.
Adam and Jamie explore the myth that a penny thrown off the Empire State Building can kill someone. They also explore microwave myths concerning cooking your organs from too much tanning and investigate the myth of exploding water in the microwave. Finally, they examine the possibility that Lucille Ball was able to pick up radio signals through her dental fillings. Scientific concepts discussed include terminal velocity, wind tunnel testing, updrafts, net forces, air resistance, drag, mass, acceleration, impact forces, radio waves, microwaves, ultraviolet waves, water impurities, distilled water, boiling point, super-heated water, Faraday cages, point contact diode, and electrical current generation.