Top Gun

Top Gun (1986)


Concept featured in film: Physics; G-Force

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 9: Charlie

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Summary of clip: Charlie, a civilian Top Gun instructor, claims that the "Mig-28 has a problem with its inverted flight tank, it won't do a negative G pushover the latest intelligence tells us that the most it will do is one negative G." Maverick and Goose are explaining to Charlie that Mig-28 can do a four G negative dive through their example.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip talks about the connections of G-force and flight capabilities.

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. Have students discuss what they know about G-force and gravity in general.

2. Make a list of what they know about how gravity affects us.

3. Then have them watch the"Gravity and the Expanding Universe" video segment made by NOVA to get a feel for how gravity theories have changed over time.

4. Add new concepts to the list from before.

5. Now for students to get a feel for how gravity affects us even more watch the "Transforming the Future of Flight," video segment adapted from NASA, to learn how engineers are transforming the future of flight by designing airplanes based on principles found in nature.