Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Feature length movies, especially of the science fiction genre, go to great lengths to entertain audiences. The author of this web site (and accompanying book)  developed a rating system to describe the portrayal of physics within various movies. This investigation truly covers all subjects in physics, but highlights include his explanation of how sound, laser beams, and flashing bullets are improperly portrayed through special effects. Movies are a significant part of American culture appreciated by people of all generations. Misconceptions about physics are introduced and reinforced through movie themes and gratiutous special effects. This resource can empower students and teachers to identify and confront these problematic suspensions of belief, separating fiction from fact.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3005.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources correctly, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
CLE 3231.1.2
Analyze and apply Newtons three laws of motion.
CLE 3231.2.1
Develop an understanding of temperature, heat, and internal energy.
CLE 3231.3.5
Explore the characteristics and properties of sound.
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