Gremlins (1984)

Concept featured in clip: Microwave Ovens/ Electromagnetic Radiation
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Summary of clip: This is the scene where Gremlins have just emerged from their "pupa" state and are taking over the household. The mom finds a Gremlin near the microwave and corners it into the oven. She shuts the microwave door and cooks the Gremlin until he explodes. **Scene depicted in this summary is gross.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This is an interesting clip to introduce the mechanics of microwave ovens.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What type of wave is a microwave? Describe the properties of these waves.

b. What is the wavelength of a microwave? Where do they fit on the electromagnetic spectrum?

c. What types of molecules absorb microwaves? How does a microwave oven work?

d. Are microwaves harmful? Do microwaves penetrate outside of the oven? Why or why not?

e. There is a common belief that you can "explode" a living creature by cooking it in the microwave. Based on your research of microwaves, is this a valid belief? Why or why not?