Visual learners rejoice! If you’ve ever wondered how things like locks and fire alarms (and possibly math) actually worked, then you’re in luck. We’ve collected nine simple gifs that will show you just how these every day items operate. Don’t worry, you can thank us later for these mind-blowing discoveries.

How a gun works.

How beanstalks find support.

How tire valves work.

How the Big Bird suit works.

The position of a single particle in an ocean wave.

How locks work.

How the Pythagorean Theorem is used.

This time with water.

How fire alarms work.

Via College Humor