Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder (1990)


Concept featured in film:Doppler Effect

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 3: 0:10:13 - 0:11:25


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Summary of clip: This clip depicts Tom Cruise driving his car around the racetrack. As the car travels around the track, a difference in pitch can be detected.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How were the sound waves emitted from the car are affected by the car's motion?

b. What changes - the frequency, wavelength, or speed of sound?

c. Could the same thing happen to light? Instead of pitch what would change?

d. How could this be used in astronomy?

e. How could this be used in meteroology?

2. Use this clip to launch a discussion of the Doppler effect and its uses as well as red/blue shift in astronomy.