The Physics of Superman

This lesson provides a scientific look at the physics of Superman’s powers and discusses the principles of atomic energy levels, X-rays, forces, and the theoretical principle of negative matter.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Begin the lesson by asking students to list some of Superman's abilities and explain how they think his powers are physically possible. Also, ask students to list some of Superman's abilities that they believe are physically impossible. The teacher may then play the first embedded video for students and ask if the scene is accurate according to the laws of physics. If it is not accurate, students should explain how the scene would play out differently in the real world according to the laws of physics.

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Film, Pop Culture, Science, Television, Tenth, Twelfth

Anthony Naclerio

Anthony Naclerio Tony Naclerio is a curriculum writer and experienced Science educator. Tony specializes in merging video games, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment with life science principles. Tony believes that the key to teaching science is showing how science can apply to everyday life. Science is, in its purest sense, a way to understand the world around you, and in turn, yourself.