Family Guy: Call A Scientist
  • Physics → Gravity → Defying Gravity

Peter jumps up in excitement after hearing that he can keep the company plane. He defies the laws of gravity by staying in the air after his jump.

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  1. (NOS): Draw/describe what comes to mind when you hear the word "scientist."
  2. (Laws/forces): Using Newton's laws and free-body diagrams, explain how Peter getting stuck in the air contradicts physical laws.
  3. What is gravity? What causes gravity? What are ways in which we can "oppose gravity?"

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This clip is associated with the following standards:
  • Next Generation Science Standards
    Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

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  • Elin
    almost 2 years ago
    I used this clip when teaching about free-fall and projectile motion. Students forget that at the top of the parabola for a projectile a is still -9.8 m/s/s; the common answer is "0 m/s/s." This clip helped in the discussion of why that "0" isn't correct. and that really it's v that is 0 m/s. If v and a were both 0, then what happened to Peter would take place.
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