Grant, Tory, and Kari test the myth that if you blow your own sail, you can move forward. Adam and Jamie explore the world of movie sounds to test if what you hear in the theaters resembles anything you hear in reality. Scientific principles alluded to include Newton’s First Law of Motion, objects in motion stay in motion, objects at rest remain at rest, Newton’s Second Law of Motion, F = MA, internal forces, external forces, force cancellation, net force, and free body diagrams.
The Martian is an excellent movie demonstrating the science behind survival. Mark Watney becomes stranded on Mars and has only his scientific training and can-do attitude to save him, while waiting for rescue. This film delves topically into the actual scientific mechanics of interplanetary survival in terms of chemistry, physics, and also Earth-based politics. Scientific topics discussed include Newton’s First and Second Laws of Motion, the gravitational slingshot effect, orbits, trajectories, relative velocity, the chemistry of combustion, mass and acceleration, space flight, human isolation, Martian dust storms, heat from nuclear fission, botany, air pressure differentials, electrostatic charges, evaporation, condensation, logistics planning, long-range radio communications, the light minute, hexadecimal communication system, artificial gravity, circular motion, mass and escape velocity, and G forces.
Adam and Jamie test the classic myth of pulling a tablecloth out from underneath dinnerware. This is the perfect episode to demonstrate Newton’s First Law of Motion, the Law of Inertia: An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force. Meanwhile, Tory, Grant, and Kari test the myth that we use only 10% of our brain. Science concepts discussed include Newton’s First Law of Motion, Law of Inertia, static friction, inertia, momentum, mass relationships, small scale testing, frictional coefficients, material selection criteria, electroencephalograms, EEGs, brain lobes and functions, parietal lobes, frontal cortex, occipital lobe, magnetoelectroencephalograph, MEGs, functional magnetic resonance imagining, FMRIs, and comparative base line data.