Topic: SciencesPhysics

Last updated: February 7, 2020

To focus on the weapon, Mjolnir possess abilities seemingly improbable. According to Marvel Wiki regarding the schematics of the hammer, it can “…fly through the air at great speeds…” This, in the comics, let Thor fly at “… the speed of sound, roughly 770 miles per hour…” (Marvel Wiki). Science today shows the fastest man-made object as NASA’s Juno spacecraft. According to NASA, the maximum speed predicted for this craft is 164, 700 miles per hour. This succeeds the hammer’s estimated speed, which helps support the probability that the hammer could work. But another issue appears with this: how can the hammer fly? There are many possible theories to how this would work, but one explains how momentum comes into play. Many scientists were concerned about how Thor uses his hammer to fly in the comics as “… a violation of the principle of conservation of momentum and breaks the laws of physics…” (Science Made Simple). This author then goes into discussing how Mjolnir can change its mass from graviton particles. These particles allow the gravitational forces to move back and forth so that Thor is able to pick up the hammer (Science Made Simple). Within the same theory, once Thor throws his hammer, “…the mass increases thus drastically increasing the momentum…” This obeys the law of momentum as according to an academic paper by California State University stating, ” If you increase either mass or velocity, the momentum of the object increases proportionally.” With the principles of the conservation of momentum, it has to follow Newton’s 3rd law, that there is an equal and opposite reaction to any action (CSUN). As proposed, when Thor throws his hammer, the mass of the hammer increases created the reaction of an increased speed (Science Made Simple). Them it is assumed that the net change would be zero, but these principles can only be followed if there is no friction. In the real world and the aspects of this hammer, there will always be friction. Overall, Mjolnir could possibly be made to travel at high speeds and be able to transport Thor. The only problems include the conservation of momentum, friction, and the fact that it has mystical properties that let the hammer fly.

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