‘The Science of Mythbusters’: A freshman seminar

As Professor Joshua Shaevitz piped a few drops of methanol into a 35 mm film canister, students plugged their ears with their fingers in anticipation of the imminent bang. The “Piezo Popper,” a small bottle rocket ignited by a piezoelectric spark, is one of the hands-on projects in Shaevitz’s freshman seminar, “The Science of Mythbusters.”