2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Concept featured in clip: Centipetal Force


Connection of flickclip to the concept:
This clip could be used to discuss the concepts of artificial gravity. The idea that gravity can be recreated using centripetal motion. Centripetal motion is known as circular motion.


Summary of clip:In this clip Dave is aboard the U.S. spacecraft Discovery One. They are on a mission to Jupiter to investigate a signal emitted from a monolith. While on the mission Dave works out on the spacecraft. In this scene he is scene running along the spinning space station.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

Students can discuss and explain different aspects of the clip. This can be utilized when introducing centripetal motion. Consider the following questions:

  1. What is the direction of motion in this clip? (i.e. circular)
  2. Is this motion constant, or can/does it change?
  3. How does this motion recreate gravity?


2001:Space Odyssey