One of my favorite episodes of Mythbusters involves the myth that a man's house was destroyed when his water heater overheated and shot out of the basement like a rocket. Here's a short clip from that episode where they have taken a heater, removed all the safety devices and seen what happened.

Awesome!

ReplyDelete-Christopher K.

Something fun to think about: The distance something drops is based on h = 1/2 a t^2, where h is the height, a is the acceleration due to gravity (32 ft/s^2) and t is time.

ReplyDeleteSo if you figure that the tank fell for 6 seconds, that means it fell from a height of 1/2(32)(6)(6) = 576 ft.

Nice bit of destruction, but no fire? :)

ReplyDelete-Megan