Last night was Wednesday, so of course I watched Mythbusters. You never know when a good blogging opportunity will come up. I could talk about the kinetic energy of arrows, but instead let me talk about their episode for next week. I only caught a glimpse of it in the preview. It looks like they are doing something about jumping on a see-saw and launching the other person. It could be this video they are looking at:
From my analysis of this video, I found that the likely outcome was a broken board (if it were not fake). Also, if the person went significantly high, he would experience something like 62 g’s. In that position, a person could only take 18 g’s for less than 0.01 second. Ok – so that one is fake.
Here is another video with similar physics that I think is NOT fake.
My analysis of this video makes it seem possible (real). Here is a diagram from that analysis.
If you are interested, check out the physics in those two links. If this is what the Mythbusters are doing next week – HA! I beat them to it. Well, I didn’t reproduce it and they probably will.