Activities are based on techniques that physicists use to make discoveries. We have included activities that use data from Cosmic Ray studies and activities that help students explore the concepts in this experiment.
Mean Lifetime Part 3: MINERvA
Students collect data from muons which decay in the MINERvA detector in the Fermilab NuMi beamline to understand particle decay and determine the muon lifetime.
Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice
Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles.
Signal and Noise: Cosmic Muons
In this introductory tutorial that, students learn about how to distinguish muon signals from background and instrumental noise.
Signal and Noise: The Basics
Students analyze signals and noise first in audio and video forms and then look at signals and noise from physic measurements.
Mean Lifetime Part 2: Cosmic Muons
Students learn how physicists measure muon lifetime.
Dice, Histograms & Probability
Students roll dice, record the resulting individual values as well as the sum of the values, create histograms of the data and develop insight into the concept of “degrees of freedom."
Cosmic Rays and the Sun
Students search for a specific data file in the Cosmic Ray e-Lab and look for evidence of the passage of the sun in the flux measurements derived from this file.
Mass of U.S. Pennies
Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.
Rolling with Rutherford
Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm.
Quark Workbench 2D/3D
Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks.