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Spiderman 2 - Impossible Train Scene from a Physicist's Point of View
The slip-up is found in the train scene, when Dr. Octavius throws Spider-man fowrwards, the one which Spiderman has to dodge so as not to hit the grills of an overhead bridge, then Dr. Octavius receives Spider-man behind him.
As Spider-man is thrown forwards, it is impossible for him to land behind Dr. Octavius. This is proven impossible by a simple physics theory.
For instance, the train is traveling at 50km/h. Thus, Spider-man and Dr. Octavius, being on the train will travel at the same speed. As Spider-man is thrown forwards, for instance, at a speed of 20km/h. Thus his ground speed will be (50+20) km/h. So, theoratically, Spiderman will land in front of Dr. Octavius. This is because while Spider-man's speed is 70km/h, Dr. Octavius' speed remains at 50km/h.
In other words, the result should be the same as when for instance, Dr. Octavius throws Spiderman forwards while on the ground (not on train).
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Spiderman 2 VCD or DVD and basic knowledge of physics
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Rokimas Putra Soeharyo on 11-22-2004
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jmeeker98 writes:
This is true. However, Spiderman's speed would not remain constant, due to wind drag, gravity, etc. So, if his speed when he is initially thrown is in fact 70 kph, he would get continuously slower and slower as he flies through the air, while Doc Ock's speed of 50 kmh would remain constant. So it is believable that Spiderman could land behind Doc Ock on the train. I guess if you're really good at math, you could figure out the exact numbers to see if it *really* could happen, but I think that it could.
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Tyler Durden writes:
Think about the resistance of the wind. It is a chance that Spider-man fell in the Octopus´s back. The hero just takes advantage of the opportunity to strike him.
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Ahria writes:
The C, why are you here, then? I agree with jmeeker98, considering. That and the director thought the way we all would without the wonder of Physics class: If you get thrown on a train, you will eventually fly backwards due to the motion. They aren't going to worry about exact specifics so long as it looks believable.
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D@V!D writes:
Well since he is thrown into the air he is traveling more distance than the train. So even if he is going faster he could still land on, or behind Doctor Octavious. It is like two cars racing, if one is on the inside lane even if they are going the same speed the one on the outside will lose.
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daguy writes:
Maybe Spiderman used his spider-like reflexes, I mean he does have super powers. Also, it is based on a fantasy comic; physics can not always be applied to make sense of things.
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barroomchampion writes:
Did anyone ever consider that this is a teenage boy with the powers of a spider who is sticking to the side of a speeding train shooting webs out of his wrists and fighting a guy with giant metal hydraulic arms surgically implanted into his back? Perhaps the laws of physics don't apply here...
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Sgt. Pepper writes:
Spider-Man landed behind Doc Ock...because of hollywood physics. It's kind of the same principal of guns not running out of ammo...or the general lee defying physics
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The C writes:
Why are you people making such a big deal out of this. I like the movie...SO DONT RUIN IT FOR ME!!!
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