Episode 3

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Bang Goes the Theory, Series 5 Episode 3 of 8

Duration: 30 minutes

Jem witnesses the awesome power of rockets with the Bloodhound land speed record project, Yan re-enacts an Ancient Greek experiment to measure the earth's circumference with a couple of sticks, and Dallas goes in search of a robot to call his own.

  • Rocketeers

    Rocketeers

    It was a meeting of minds as Jem met Bloodhound SSC rocket engineer Daniel Jubb. Find out about Daniel's rise to the top - he's still only 27 - in the Clips section above. And there's more, as driver Andy Green and chief aerodynamicist Ron Ayers discuss the unique engineering legacy of Brooklands race track.

  • Robot ethics

    Robot ethics

    What are Asimov's laws of robotics and why do they need updating? Dallas asks roboticist Professor Alan Winfield in the Clips section above.

  • Puzzle: How can 2=1?

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    Dr Yan tests out a mathematical equation that seems to prove that 2=1. Or does it? Do the equation at home and see if you can spot the 'trick'?

    Now try Dr Yan's plane in the wind puzzle
  • Planet sized problem

    Planet sized problem

    Dr Yan shows Dallas how parallax can reveal the distances of planets and even stars from the Earth. Try this yourself on distant objects.

    Measuring the distances of planets from Earth
  • Sweet science

    Sweet science

    Jem uses toffee as the main ingredient for his hybrid rocket, which he launches down a 200 metre railway track.

    Jem's toffee-powered rocket sled

Credits

Presenter
Liz Bonnin
Presenter
Liz Bonnin
Presenter
Dallas Campbell
Presenter
Dallas Campbell
Presenter
Jem Stansfield
Presenter
Jem Stansfield
Series Producer
Paul King
Series Producer
Paul King

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