Mr. Seaver begins teaching the class a lesson on gravity out of the textbook. He is especially confused by the book's claim that a coin and a feather will fall at exactly the same speed. After Luke challenges him to prove it, he tests the claim.
Sir Isaac Newton ponders why the planets orbit the sun and what allows them to maintain that orbit. Very soon after he sits down under an apple tree, Humphrey bangs his head against one of the limbs, causing an apple to fall on Newton's head. It is at this moment that Isaac Newton has an epiphany and starts to develop the concept of gravity.
This clip explains that gravity is the reason objects fall when you drop them. It also illustrates the significant role that gravity plays in our daily lives. Finally, it briefly mentions the contributions that Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton made about gravity.
The students and Ms. Frizzle travel to Mercury, the first planet in our solar system, and learn that they weigh less because there is less gravity on the planet. They enjoy bouncing around with less gravity, and a few students take part in a contest to see who can jump higher.
Wile E. Coyote flies in a hot air ballon and attempts to hit the Road Runner from above with an anvil. His mission fails because he doesn't understand physics very well. This clip can also illustrate to students what isn't correct about cartoon physics.