Impossible Zero G Skyscraper

What happens if you build a skyscraper so tall it breaks the laws of physics? This hypothetical scenario leads to an interesting discussion of Newtonian forces and the imaginary forces that explain them. As part of a larger series on physics, the video explains the issues with centrifugal forces.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review the differences between centripetal forces and centrifugal forces before sharing the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior understanding of gravity and orbits
  • Avoid displaying the comment section as it is open to the public and not always appropriate
Pros

  • Highlights vocabulary throughout
  • Connects science fiction, math, geography, and science
  • Provides closed captioning in English, Korean, and Spanish for ELLs
Cons

  • None