Jamie and Adam explore the story that an ultra-low frequency note will make a person lose bowel control. They also test to see if the force of a bullet is enough to knock a person backwards like in the movies. Finally, Kari, Tory, and Grant investigate if Chinese water torture is effective. Scientific topics addressed include Newton’s Third Law of Motion, equal and opposite reactions, mass and inertia, speed and mass, impact force, energy dissipation, low frequency sound waves, infrasound, hertz, frequencies, biological responses, mental confusion, decibels, psychological stresses, and human ethics.
The Mythbusters test to see if the right type of cleaning chemicals can turn a toilet into a bomb. Then they set out to test the physics classic about how you can stay drier in the rain, by walking or running. Finally, they investigate the magic bullet mystery, trying to find out if a bullet made of ice can be deadly. Science topics discussed include combustion, air and fuel ratios, experimental controls, terminal velocity, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, melting point, action and reaction forces, and nerve agents.
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).
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 see if a last-minute change of venue foiled the World War 2 assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler. Kari, Grant, and Tory find out if you really can slap some sense into a person. Scientific topics discussed include sound waves, sound wave reflection, wave convergence, pressure waves, wave energy, fight or flight response, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, equal and opposite reactions, base line data, hypothermia, mental acuity, mental impairment, sleep deprivation, hunger, and pressure transducer.
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.