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Let's Get Physical: Movies Ignoring the Law of Physics


Forget everything you have learned and remember nothing that you have forgotten.

After barely passing Earth Science and failing Chemistry due to a combination of attendance and attention deficits, my guidance counselor thought it best for me to take a sequence of business classes so I could graduate high school. Because of this I never took a physics class. My path through college didn't wind through a physics class either. Anything I know about physics I've learned from Hollywood. has brought it to my attention that this is a bad thing. More often than not Hollywood doesn't take its physics seriously, so decided to review movies based on their portrayal of physics.

Here is a list of the four movies that earned an XP rating — "physics from an unknown universe":

The Core

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Star Trek

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While these movies may be entertaining, they won't help you pass your AP Physics exam. It's important to know the difference.


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