Activities are based on techniques that physicists use to make discoveries. We have included activities that use data from LHC experiments and activities that help students explore the concepts in this experiment.

CMS Masterclass WZH-path

Students are physicists for a day at a university or lab where they work with physicists to learn how to analyze real particle physics data in the form of event displays.

Energy, Momentum, and Mass

Students examine data to find how energy, momentum, and mass are related.

Histograms: Uncertainty

Students construct histograms, identify the best value to represent the data, and report the uncertainty in their answers. 

Histograms: The Basics

Students build basic histogram skills required in many of the other activities in the Data Activities Portfolio.

The Case of the Hidden Neutrino

Students use momentum conservation to examine the decay of top-antitop pairs to determine what is missing from the event.

Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice

Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles.

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.

Mapping the Poles

Students explore some basics of magnetic fields that can be related to experimental particle physics.

Making it ‘Round the Bend - Quantitative

Students measure the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. 

Shuffling the Particle Deck

Teams of students organize cards depicting fundamental particles based on their characteristics. This activity is a foundation for learning about the Standard Model and parallels the methods used by scientists to organize the elements into the period table.