Neil Schemenauer's Web Log


January 27, 2005

Poor science on Mythbusters TV show

While I do often enjoy the show, it's frustrating to see them wasting time on completely flawed experiments. For example, in one episode they try to build aerodynamic models but it's clear they have no idea about the proper similarity relations. My fluid dynamics skills are a little rusty but I think if you want to use the same fluid then the model dimensions should be length / x, velocity * x, and force / x2, where x is the scaling factor.