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Who is the Batman?
Transcript of Who is the Batman?
Good physics of fighting and use of transportation
Good Physics. Batman fights with his body and doesn't demonstrate any superhuman powers.
The Adventures of Batman
Batman is known as one of the world's greatest detectives. He has superhuman scientific knowledge and athleticism. This is to compensate for his lack of superhuman “powers”.
Batman has the ability to function while tolerating massive amounts of physical pain and withstanding telepathy and mind control. He is a master of disguise and stealth.
Batman’s powers can be more clearly seen if one were to imagine an average person attempting to take on such a persona.
Simply put, Batman is the ideal human mentally and physically.
The Punisher vs. Batman
It's very unlikely an ordinary human could survive such an attack.
Test Question 3
Are Batman's powers used for good or evil?
Batman uses his powers to protect Gotham city and instill justice.
He swore revenge on criminals to avenge his dead parents.
Their death by firearms is the reason you never see batman use them to defeat criminals.
How did Batman get these powers?
Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne) inherited a large amount of wealth from the death of his parents. He used this wealth to become proficient in the use of technology and to expand his knowledge in science and detective reasoning.
Test Question 1
Batman stands on the edge of a building, planning on jumping on a passing car below. The car he wants to jump on is traveling at 14 m/s. The building is 20.4 meters tall.
After 1.8 s have passed, how far down has he fallen?
At what distance should the car be away from batman if he plans to land in it?
A teen vigilante who trained under batman to be his sidekick in most of the comics.
Daughter of Commisioner Gordon who assisted batman along with robin, she was later paralyzed by the joker.
Head of the Gotham City Police Departmen and often assists batman in catching criminals.
Family butler to the Waynes, became a father figure to batman when his parents were killed.
Batman’s cape is too small to cause enough air resistance to give him a safe landing. Jumping off of buildings at extreme heights would lead to extremely fatal speeds near ground level.
Also, the force required by batman to hold out his cape after jumping off of a high building would be too great for any human to withstand.
The cloaking device on his motorcycle goes against the laws of physics because nothing can be made invisible. In order to be invisible an object must make light bend around itself, must not cast a shadow, and must not reflect any light.
Bad Physics of Flight
Good Physics of Batman
Batman does not break the laws of physics when it comes to natural human abilities, including running. Because he does not have any obvious superpowers, he runs at regular human speed.
He does not have the ability to fly without any propulsion.
Batman usually does have feasible athletic abilities.
Batman utilizes superior technology in his suit in order to withstand massive amounts of pain and demonstrate superhuman athleticism.
A criminal (weighing 84 kg) is running away from batman at a speed of 3.72 m/s. Batman throws his batarang (weighing 0.63 kg) at a speed of 103 mph. What is the resulting velocity of the criminal after the batarang strikes him? (hint: use combined momentum)
In this scene of a Batman comic, Batman throws a batarang over a hundred yards into a spotlight. This is an incredible but not an impossible feat. From the way the comic looks, it seems as if batman is significantly higher than the spotlight he is aiming for. This makes it easier to hit the spotlight because the horizontal velocity of the batarang is unchanging when neglecting the air resistance. From this we can see that the distance the batarang travels depends on how high it is thrown, or high it is thrown from. The vertical velocity must also increase as it falls towards earth at a constant acceleration of 9.8 meters per second squared, assuming that the batarang is thrown downward. When Batman throws the Batarang with enough force to shatter the glass, the spotlight loses its lens (most likely some sort of convex) and the light goes 'out' and scatters because it cannot focus on the wall that batman is standing in front of. Batman is now engulfed in the shadows yet again, thanks to physics!
Test Question 2
Batman is traveling at a constant speed of 22 m/s in his batmobile. A grappling hook shot out from the side of his car hooks onto a rigid pole and causes him to u-turn. The length that the hook extends is 18.8 meters and the combined weight of the batmobile and batman is 550 kg. What would be the tension in the rope?
Test Question 4
Batman is chasing his arch nemesis The Joker in his batmobile. The Joker drops a mine on the road when he is 27 meters in front of batman. The batmobile is travelling at 50 km/hr and he decelerates at 6.0 m/s2. Will Batman stop before he reaches the mine?
Test Question 5
Batman decides to jump from one building to another which are 12.6 m apart. He jumps with an initial velocity of 14.3 m/s at an angle of 60 degrees from the horizontal. If the building he is on in 5.4 meters shorter than the one he is jumping to, will Batman make the jump?
Catwoman (Selina Kyle, or The Cat) is usually depicted as an adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate relationship with him.
The Joker is a highly intelligent, master criminal, psychopath, and prankster. He is a common adversary of Batman.
Bane is one of the more physically and intellectually powerful foes. He is often credited for being the only villain to have "Broken The Bat". Venom (drug) constantly pumps into his brain, making him stronger.
The Penguin is a short, rotund man known for his love of birds and his specialized high-tech umbrellas. He deems himself to be a "gentleman of crime. His nightclub business provides a cover for criminal activity, which Batman sometimes uses as a source of criminal underworld information.
Two-Face was once Harvey Dent, the clean-cut district attorney of Gotham City and an ally of Batman. However, Dent goes insane after mob boss Sal Maroni throws acid at him during a trial, hideously scarring the left side of his face. Dent adopts the "Two-Face" persona and becomes a criminal, choosing to bring about good or evil based upon the outcome of a coin flip.
Ra's al Ghul (Demon's Head from Arabia)
Of course we saved the best for last. Perhaps Batman's greatest enemies, Ra's al Ghul, has genius-level intellect, Superior strength and stamina, and is skilled in martial arts. The Lazarus Pits granted him a lifespan of several centuries. His ultimate goal is a world in perfect balance but he believes eliminating most of humanity is necessary to do so.
1. a. 15.9m
3. 4.04 m/s
4. Yes. Batman stops in 16.07m
5. Yes. Batman jumps 7.72m vertically and 13.96m horizontally.