Jamie and Adam test the myth that a bullet fired straight up into the air will fall back to earth with deadly consequences. The rest of the team tests various vodka myths to see if it can act as a cure for poison oak, function as an adhesive bandage remover, and if it can be filtered into a top-shelf product. Scientific concepts discussed include ballistic trajectories, terminal velocity, rotational spin during flight, aerodynamic stability, projectile launch angles, impact analysis, impact forces, bullet flight variables, urushiol oil, biological irritants, experimental controls, chemical reactions, gas chromatography, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis.
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 Mythbusters set out to test whether the legend of Ben Franklin getting hit by lightning in an electrical storm is true. Adam and Jamie then explore various myth about flatulence including a detailed look at the composition of flatulence and whether it can kill a person in his sleep through asphyxiation, if certain foods increase flatulence production, and if lighting a match will burn up the smelly gasses or if it just masks them. Scientific topics covered in the episode are electrical resistance, electrical conductivity, static charge, static build up, electrical discharge, voltage, Van de Graaff generators, electrical fields, asphyxiation, chemical reactions, carbon dioxide poisoning, and procuring good baseline data.
First, the Mythbusters test the tale that a rocket propelled car can become airborne, then they examine the story that mixing Pop Rocks and soda can cause the stomach to explode. Science topics discussed include thrust and horsepower conversions, drag, aerodynamics, velocity, lift, forces and acceleration, free body diagrams, carbonation, gas pressure, organ elasticity, chemical reactions, chemical equations, and carbon dioxide formation.
The Mythbusters test a cornucopia of myths. First, they examine if a bullet can light a match. Next, they see if ear wax can be used to construct a candle. They also explore the myth that if a person has a hand in water, they will wet themselves. Adam and Jamie explore the Leidenfrost effect. Finally, they set out to examine a Star Trek classic, when Captain Kirk uses a homemade cannon to kill a Gorn. Science topic addressed include chemical reactions, friction, activation energy, combustible hydrocarbons, brain waves, sleep apnea, gunpowder, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, projectile motion, Leidenfrost effect, chemical energy, and kinetic energy.
Adam and Jamie test the classic myth about seeing if any amount of force can separate two phone books when the pages are interwoven. Tory, Grant, and Kari team up to investigate a movie scene with explosions, harpoons, and sharks! Science topics discussed include static friction, kinetic friction, forces, small scale testing, Newton’s Third law of Motion, equal and opposite reactions, tension, chemical reactions, projectile motion, projectile accuracy, shock waves, energy dissipation, and organ trauma.