AND THAT’S NOT COUNTING how Wile E. Coyote can walk on air until he happens to look down:
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 studentsâ€™ ignorance about science.
Some people really do believe a bus traveling 70 mph can clear a 50-foot gap in a freeway, as depicted in the movie Speed. And, if that were realistic, a ramp would be needed to adjust the direction of motion to even try to make the leap, said UCF professor Costas J. Efthimiou, who co-authored the article.
â€œStudents come here, and they donâ€™t have any basic understanding of science,â€ he said. â€œSure, people say everyone knows the movies are not real, but my experience is many of the students believe what they see on the screen.â€
Well, they’re better and better at making it look plausible.