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.
ATLAS Data Express
ATLAS Data Express is a short investigation in which students inspect and characterize Z events in the LHC and distinguish muons from electrons.
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."
TOTEM Data Express
Use quantum physics and LHC data to estimate the size of the proton.
CMS Data Express
CMS Data Express is a short investigation in which students inspect and characterize W or Z events from the LHC.
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.
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.
Making it ‘Round the Bend
3 activities in which students explore properties of dipole and quadrupole magnets, forces felt by charged particles moving through magnetic fields, the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles.
Students have an opportunity to learn how to analyze data to calibrate the CMS detector and participate in discovery science (as particle physicists do).
Students measure the D0 lifetime using data from LHCb, separating signal from backgrounds.