Deep Impact is a 1998 disaster film, one of two Hollywood blockbuster disaster films released that year (the other was Armageddon starring Bruce Willis). The plot revolves around a teenage astronomer (a young Elijah Wood) who discovers a comet on a collision course with the earth, and the earth’s efforts to avert the disaster.
Disaster films always contain lots of mathematically-based scenarios, which we’ll get into in this tutorial.
Format: 9 page downloadable .PDF file (check out the image for an overview of the pages).
Contents: Tutorial, worksheet and worked solution.
Math Scenario 1 – Detecting the Comet
Math Scenario 2 – Nuking the Comet
Math Scenario 3 – Outrunning the Tsunami
Real Life Example – Extinction Level Events (E.L.E.)