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.
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 physics 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."
Rolling with Rutherford
Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm.
Mass of U.S. Pennies
Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.
Calculate the Top Quark Mass
Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the top mass from event displays.
Cosmic Ray e-Lab
Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration in this series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays.
Quark Workbench 2D/3D
Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks.