Just how fast is the X-Men character Quicksilver, also known as Peter Maximoff( and son of Magneto )? This “wouldve been” a popular topic of debate at the comic book bar–if a comic book saloon existed. It such a saloon does exist, I have to go.

We can take a crack at answering this question, beginning with the a scene from the 2016 movie X-Men: Apocalypse. In it, Quicksilver arrives at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters( the X-Men manor ). Right as he gets there, he realise it’s in the process of blowing up. That entails it’s up to Peter to save everyone. He represents multiple trip-ups in and out of the mansion to fetch the students out to security. And this is where I will approximate his speed.

Preemptive note. Yes, I know it’s just a movie. Yes, I know it’s not real. I don’t care. This is how I show my appreciation of superhero movies, by pulling out the physics moves. That’s just what I do.

Calculating Speed

Suppose I run across the yard, stroke a tree and then come back to where I started. If I know the time this takes and the full amounts of the interval, I can calculate the average speed as ðŸ˜› TAGEND

That seems straightforward, but I need to point out that this is the average accelerate. That’s what you get when you fraction the distance traveled( Ds) by the time it takes( Dt ). Do not fluster this with the average velocity. Normally, when we say average velocity we are talking about the vector velocity. This depends on the starting and ceasing post of the flow. If I run to the tree and back, my average velocity would be the zero vector.

Now I only need to estimate the interval and the time and boom–I have the average Quicksilver speed. Of course that seems simple-minded, but there are some problems. I’m going to need to estimate some things. Such as ðŸ˜› TAGEND

The total period it takes Quicksilver to save all these people.

The number of excursions he makes in and out of the X-Men Mansion.

The percent of hour he is running vs. the time he spends simply constructing silly gestures and playing with stuff.

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