Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Mini Poster

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)


Concept featured in film:Impulse-Momentum Theorem

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Summary of clip: This scene opens with Indiana Jones and Willie (the famous lounge singer) running around the room trying to avoid getting shot. Indiana has just ingested poison and he is also trying to get to the antidote before it's too late. Willie is trying to catch a diamond that is being accidentally kicked around the floor by all the people running in chaos from the gunfire. Indy and Willie end up jumping through a window to escape, and they fall several stories down. Several canopies tear as they fall right through them, breaking their fall. Finally the last canopy doesn't rip, and they are saved.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:This is a great clip to initiate a discussion the impulse-momentum theorem. In particular, minimizing the impulse force.

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. Before students view the clip, ask them to jump up and down on the floor. What do they notice about how they land? Hopefully, they will notice that they bend their knees up on landing. With that in mind, the teacher can now show the clip.

2. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. In terms of what students notice from their jumping "exercise," why was it better for indiana and Willie to land on teh canopy instead of on concrete (hard ground)? Students should be able to discuss this in terms fo change in momentum.

b. What needs to be maximized for the force to be reduced? Can students think of other common situations where it is beneficial to minimize the impulse force?