Superman Jump

posted Nov 8, 2009, 5:22 AM by Steve Dickie   [ updated Nov 8, 2009, 5:44 AM ]
How fast would Superman leave the ground when he Leaps a Tall Building in a Single Bound? This one was inspired by James Kakalios' Physics of Super Heroes. I also used it as a way to illustrate how to solve kinematic problems without using the traditional kinematic equations.

  • Area under a velocity-time graph is displacement
  • Area under an acceleration graph is change in velocity
  • Using both of these relationships it is possible to derive the needed equations.
Episode available at iTunesU - Falconphysics Democast Superman Jump (iTunes Link)