(Editing in Progress) Virtual Neutrino Workshop Template - 2020 - 1 day


Summer 2020

University of Everywhere


Participating teachers will:

  • Apply classical physics principles to reduce or explain the observations in data investigations.
  • Identify and describe ways that data are organized for determining any patterns that may exist in the data.
  • Create organize and interpret data plots; make claims based on evidence and provoide explanations; identify data limitations.
  • Develop a plan for taking students from their current level of data use to subsequent levels using activities and/or ideas from the workshop.

We will provide opportunities to engage in critical dialogue among teaching colleagues about what they learn in the workshop.

1 Day Version

Day 1 Agenda

Time (local to center) Activity Remarks


  • Zoom sign-in and handshake
  • Whip-around: Intros and "how are you doing?"
  • Registration

Introduce neutrinos 

  • Pauli
  • inverse beta-decay
  • decay lifetime
9:50-10:00 “What is the most likely number of throws necessary to produce a “1” on the top of a 6-sided die?”  
10:00-10:45 Participants conduct “1-die Decay” Simulation with a real
6-sided die, if available, or with a simulated die at https://www.random.org/dice/
(Take a break when convenient for you.)
10:45-11:00 Discuss results of "1-die Decay" simulation.  

Introduce MINERvA experiment, ARACHNE data display, and muon-lifetime and electron-energy data collection.
Assign data sets to participants.



Videoconference Pause

  • LUNCH (when convenient).
  • Gather MINERvA data to determine muon lifetime and Michel electron energy.

Optional "Office Hour"

  • Need help? Sign on!

Facilitator available 11:45-12:15


Facilitator Lunch 12:15-12:45



Facilitator available 12:45-13:45.


13:45-14:00 Make muon-lifetime histogram, plot histogram data to determine muon mean lifetime.  
14:00-14:15 Discuss Michel electron energy results.
Muon decay produces two neutrinos.
Lepton flavor number is conserved.

“Neutrinos: Mystery and History” presentation


Reflections on day’s activities

15:30-16:30 Participants develop plans to implement in their classrooms activities or approaches derived from this workshop.