ERIC Number: EJ926926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Rolling the "Black Pearl" over: Analyzing the Physics of a Movie Clip
Mungan, Carl E.; Emery, John D.
Physics Teacher, v49 n5 p266-271 May 2011
In the third movie ("At World's End") in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, Jack Sparrow and his crew need to roll their ship (the "Black Pearl") over in order to bring it back to the living world during a green flash at sunset. They do so by running back and forth from one side railing to the other on the top deck. In addition, Captain Barbossa orders that 18 cannons and a pile of barrels on the lower deck be cut loose to add mass to the running crew. In the movie they overturned the ship, but would they succeed under the same circumstances on a real galleon? In this paper, a numerical analysis using simple approximations is developed that suggests that what occurs in the movie is in fact realistic. Analyzing a popular film clip in this manner is a good way to arouse student interest, to teach about physics and numerical methods, and to model scientific reasoning when a situation is not as neatly defined as in a typical textbook problem.
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