This lab explores how the pull of gravity, acceleration of falling objects, and leaping ability of your students affects a person’s hang-time. Many students believe they have a much greater hang-time than they actually possess. This lab will bring them down to earth, using science and a few equations to give them a reality check of their athletic abilities.
The Mythbuster team investigates the claim that with just a few household parts, anyone can make a device that floats above the ground (a hovercraft). Adam and Jamie explore the myth that by jumping up at the last second, you can survive a catastrophic elevator fall. Science concepts include relative motion, pull of gravity, falling bodies, free fall, air pressure, center of gravity, acceleration due to gravity, friction, and drag. The following DVD sets are identical. They both contain the episode.