Poseidon (2006)


Concept featured in film: Rogue Waves

Location of clip: DVD:Chapter 5: Capsized


Play Flickclip Here

Summary of clip: Unbeknownst to the celebrating crowd inside the ship's ballroom, the Poseidon is about to be hit by the wall of water known as a rogue wave. The captain spots the wave in the distance and attempts to get the boat turned, but his efforts are no good and the wave hits the ship, capsizing it immediately.

Connection of flick to concept: Rogue waves are still pretty mysterious. There are only a small number of recorded instances, the rest are simply anecdotal experiences. The cause of rogue waves is still unknown, however, they are highly feared by seamen. The largest recorded wave is around 20 meeters (80 feet) above sea level. Rogue waves are large enough to sink large ocean-lines, as portrayed in this clip of Poseidon.

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

a. How big must this wave be?

b. What is a wave and how does it form?

c. Why did the ballroom remain above water and the boat not sink?

2. Students can go to http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/ to research characteristics of the ocean. This website has multiple different data resources, including wave data, regarding the ocean. This can give students an opportunity to use technology and gather data.

3. This clip can start a unit on wave motion, including frequency, amplitude, pitch, longitudinal vs. tranverse, etc. THere are a list of possible wave-like activities posted at this link: http://www.lit.edu/~smile/ph9106.html.

4. A wonderful resource called Science Netlinks offers a 3-part lesson on boats. These lessons entail researching different types of ships, building and testing of boats of their own, and learning about cases in which ships failed (Titanic and Vasa). Follow this link to the first of this 3-part series: http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?DocID=301.