A Knight's Tale (2001)
 
Concept featured in clip:Forces, motion, energy, and momentum
Location of clip: DVD: He's Tipped it! (Chapter 27)

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Summary of clip:William faces Adhemar in the final of the jousting tournament. Adhemar cheats by using a solid lance with an illegal sharp tip instead of the usual, and legal, blunt tip. This badly wounds William. William continues in the joust and loses another lance. He must de-horse Adhemar to win the tournament, in front of his father and Jocelyn.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:Jousting has everything to do with physics, from the speed of the horse, to the position of the lance, to the impact put onto the knight. When introducting forces, motion, impact, etc. in physics, this clip can be used to get students to have a "phsycis" mindset.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Introduce the clip as a jousting clip and ask students to be thinking about how physics can be applied to the clip while they are watching it.

 

2. Ask the students what concepts they noticed. The first time I watched the movie, I didn't quite catch the fact that Adhemar had replaced the usual blunt tip with a sharp, harmful, tip. Make sure the students realize this and ask them the effect of the two different tips.

 

3. Ask students what aspects of a jouster can be modified and what the result is (i.e. what happens when the lance is tipped downward, what happens when the horse is faster, etc.)

4. A possible activity to go along with this clip was seen in the September, 2008 issue of The Physics Teacher and is an activity known as the "Egg Joust."