Activities are based on techniques that physicists use to make discoveries. We have included activities that use data from LIGO seismic studies and activities that help students explore the concepts in this experiment.
Making Tracks I
Students analyze tracks in a cloud chamber.
Energy, Momentum, and Mass
Students examine data to find how energy, momentum, and mass are related.
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.
What Heisenberg Knew
Heisenberg knew that, at the quantum level, we cannot know everything, at least not all at once. Students explore uncertainties in measurements of complimentary variables to find this out for themselves.
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.
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.