In "Burn Rate," Charlie helps the FBI investigate a series of mail bombings with seemingly unrelated people. Charlie explains 'explosions are all about physics and math.' He compares the bomb to a hand hitting a table set for a meal. 'By the way objects are displaced, I can tell you the size of the hand, how tight the grip, or how much energy was imparted on impact.'
Students will use radical equations to solve problems about energy.
Before the Activity
Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.
During the Activity
Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.
After the Activity
Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.