This is a great lab to begin the exploration of the world of forces on objects! The lab consists of 5 worksheets that conceptually guide the student through the exploration of forces, unbalanced forces, net forces, static and dynamic equilibrium, friction, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and acceleration.
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.
The Mythbusters examine whether a tongue piercing will attract lightning during a storm, see if a handmade medieval cannon could explode with deadly consequences, and test if there is any way to beat the breathalyzer test. Topics of interest include electrical conductivity, electrical fields, electrical engineering, experimental controls, manipulating experimental design variables, metal contraction, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, a discussion of the relationship between mass, force, and acceleration, Newton’s Second Law of Motion, alcohol metabolism, and public safety.
The Mythbusters test the ancient myth that the Chinese put a man into space in the 15th century. Jamie and Adam also attempt to verify if there is anything as free energy. Grant, Kari, and Tory investigate whether a spinning ceiling fan can act as a decapitation machine. Science topics include the Law of Conservation of Energy, structural integrity, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, equal and opposite reactions, thrust, forces, flight stability, thrust vectoring, exhaust gas pressure, perpetual motion machines, phase changes, density, internal and external energy sources, center of mass, animal and human analogs, and rotational inertia. The episode can be found on either of the following DVD sets (they are identical).
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.