COSMOS Episode 5: Hiding in the Light (2014) gives an in-depth explanation of the fascinating phenomenon of light. Neil DeGrasse Tyson traces our earliest, first ponderings of light in ancient China through modern spectroscopy and the phenomenon of dark matter. He artfully links world-wide cultural contributions over the centuries concerning light to create an immersive story-line that holds a student’s attention. Yes, this is actually possible!
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.