The Mythbusters first test to find out if a bullet fired or a bullet dropped hits the ground first, then examine the myth that a sufficient punch can knock a person out of their socks. This classic experiment is typically described in all physics textbooks, when the independent nature of the X and Y axis is discussed. Topics of importance include independent axis, gravitational pull, velocity, drop height, engineering practices, valid vs. invalid results, uncontrolled variables, inertia and mass relationships, potential energy and kinetic energy, controlled variables, friction, and pressure waves.
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.
The Mythbusters attempt to construct a subwoofer with enough power to shatter the windows in a car. This is a great episode for exploring low-frequency sound and their effects. Kari, Grant, and Tory explore the myth that driving faster over bumps makes them less intense. Here, they also make a distinction between quantitative and qualitative data. Scientific concepts include sound waves, amplitude, frequency, hertz, decibels, pressure waves, decibel scale, sound amplification, rubber diaphragms, sound wave oscillation, suspension deflection, and qualitative vs. quantitative data comparisons.