Adam and Jaimie first test to see if a lead balloon can really fly, then Kari, Tory, and Grant set out to find if it is possible to surf a wave made from exploding dynamite. Science topics include structural integrity, proof-of-concept, experimental design, gas density, volume vs. surface area ratio, static charge build-up, lift, volume calculations, wave frequency, wave amplitude, shockwave effects on biological systems, and wave expansion vs. energy dissipation.
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).
Adam and Jamie test the myth that wearing steel toed boots can actually cause toes to become amputated. This is a great segment showing the importance of safety shoes. Kari, Tory, and Grant test the myth that a person can become airborne with soda bottles strapped to their backs. This myth demonstrates the difficulty of engineering solutions and the application of Newton’s Third Law of Motion. The science topics mentioned include force, pressure, structural rigidity, structural integrity, human skeletal analogs, Newton’s Third Law, equal and opposite reactions, air pressure, thrust, water to air ratios, PSI, space shuttle Challenger disaster, and o ring failure.
The Mythbusters test to see if it is possible to utilize Boyle’s Law to crush a massive rail tanker car. Topics of interest include vacuums, negative pressure, Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, Guy-Lussac’s Law, steam pressure, atmospheric pressure, volume, structural integrity, condensation, molecular kinetic energy, scale models, pressure vessels, engineering, welding, safety applications, ear popping in a plane during takeoff or landing, and the eustachian tube.