Can Explosions Work in Space?

Would an evil mastermind trying to take over the universe use explosives in space? A video that is part of a larger series approaches this question with physics of course! She explains the role of the atmosphere, the properties of waves, and the best way to wage war in space.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • For fun, see how many of the movie, cartoon, and TV clips from the first 15 seconds pupils can identify
  • Discuss in more detail why there is no sound in space
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of sound waves, light waves, and what is required for an explosive reaction
Pros

  • Offers closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Enthusiastic host helps maintain viewer attention
  • Links to other related science videos
Cons

  • None