Actually, this sounds like an awesome class. I’m sure my physics grades would have been much better if I’d had one like this!!
“Movies such as Spiderman 2 and Speed generate excitement among audiences with their cool special effects. But they also defy the laws of physics, contributing to students’ ignorance about science….
Two University of Central Florida professors show just how poorly Hollywood writers and directors understand science in an article published in the journal “Praxis der Naturwissenschaften Physik”…. Together, they came up with the movie approach now known as “Physics in Film.”
“I needed a hook to get the students interested in science,” Efthimiou said. “I needed something to get them beyond this fear.”…. For example, he uses a scene from Superman when the hero flies around the earth an in effort to reverse time and save Lois Lane from death. When students show up to class, they dissect the scenes and learn the real laws of physics. In the Superman example, he explains the real way angular momentum works.