Dot Physics

I think the Mythbusters have a wonderful opportunity for educational outreach. Take this week’s episode. One myth was to see if arrows fired from a moving horse penetrated more than arrows fired from a standing position. They first did this with real horses, but they said the data was not convincing.

I am pretty sure they had more than 10 trials recorded (there was a glimpse of the notebook). I would love to see this data and find (or let students find) the standard error of these measurements. This would be a great exercise to see how this whole uncertainty thing works.

As long as I am asking for stuff. How about you (the MythBusters) also provide your slow motion videos in a format that can be used with video analysis? There is a ton of great stuff there. One problem is that I never really know the frame rate of their videos.

Adam, Jamie, please contact me when you have this set up. I will owe you a beverage.

PS – if this data is already out there and I just have not seen it, sorry.


  1. #1 Adam
    May 14, 2009

    Dear Dr. Allain,

    What a great idea! We’ll send you the data right away … better yet … why don’t we have you appear on our show to talk about your blog?