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Physics professor explores the science behind superheroes

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 11:00:00-04

WINTER PARK, Fla. - A professor at Rollins College is teaching a new course that analyzes and debunks the science behind superheroes.

Physics professor Christopher Fuse tells the Orlando Sentinel science can be "kind of scary" and it can push people away. His approach is to teach students with hands-on experiments without the need for thick textbooks or serious lectures.

Some of the assignments include engineering a Captain-America-like shield and experimenting with chicken bones and weights to see how strong a superhero's bones can be.

Most students at Rollins College aren't science majors, but many enjoy that the class helps them learn physics.

Fuse earned his doctorate from Texas Christian University. He says he became interested in physics as a child after "Back to the Future" was released.