The Mythbuster team explores the story that people are crossing the US border via slingshot method. Some of the physics concepts alluded to include projectile motion, launch degrees, use of the SI units of measurements, impulse, Newtons Laws of Motion, consistent testing conditions, force, mass, distance, acceleration, potential energy, kinetic energy, elasticity, g forces, center of balance, center of gravity, parabolic trajectory, and parabolic arcs.
Jamie and Adam attempt to isolate the key ingredients to get to the bottom of the Mentos mystery. Kari, Tory, and Grant test the myth that placing a postage stamp on a helicopter blade will cause a massive imbalance in the rotors. Some of the scientific concepts include nucleation, carbonation, chemical reactions, pressure, variable isolation, the cascade effect, surface area, surface pitting, thrust vectoring, center of gravity, center of mass, blade deflection, lateral motion, gas density, air and gas ignition ratios, and combustion ratios.
The Mythbuster team investigates the claim that with just a few household parts, anyone can make a device that floats above the ground (a hovercraft). Adam and Jamie explore the myth that by jumping up at the last second, you can survive a catastrophic elevator fall. Science concepts include relative motion, pull of gravity, falling bodies, free fall, air pressure, center of gravity, acceleration due to gravity, friction, and drag. The following DVD sets are identical. They both contain the episode.
Gravity (2013) is a stunning movie exploring the potential dangers of space and the physics behind them. This movie captivates the students through dazzling visuals, but the movie guide keeps them focused on analyzing the physics behind the scenes. Having said that, there are very accurate and inaccurate depictions of Newton’s Laws of Motion. But the inaccuracies add to the dramatic tension and advance the storyline of the movie. The movie guide is designed to have the students analyze the physics of the movie scenes, choose which of Newton’s Laws applies, and then describe why it applies or why it is inaccurate. The movie guide does not analyze the plot or emotional arcs during the movie, it just sticks to the physics behind each scene. The movie guide is best used for classes like physics, physical science, or astronomy.
Adam and Jamie take on a challenge from President Obama: is it possible to set a ship on fire using the power of the sun? Kari, Tory, and Grant see if it is possible to punch a car hard enough to get it to flip over! Science topics include Archimedes, parabolic mirrors, thermal energy, ignition points, reflectivity, light rays, aiming sights, levers, fulcrum, type 1 lever, pivot point, lever arms, torque, speed, mass, center of gravity, momentum, W = FD, and forward linear momentum.