The newest superhero movie, Black Panther, is out in theaters and getting strong reviews. Here at STEM we are asking the very same questions that the rest of the movie-going public is asking: how exactly does the fictional Wakandan metal vibranium work with regards to kinetic and potential energy conservation? Admit it, that was your first thought as well.
Luckily for questions like this, there’s an internet! Kyle Hill has produced this interview that explores a possible explanation for the technology seen in Black Panther, which doubles as an excellent review of kinetic energy, potential energy sources, and momentum with calculations and examples. The next time your students are questioning why they need to learn all this physics you can just say “Because of superheroes” and play them this video!