# QuarkNet Data Portfolio

A collection of proven instructional activities developed around data strands that help students develop an understanding about how scientists make discoveries.

The Data Portfolio organizes activities by data strand and level of student engagement. Activities differ in complexity and sophistication—tasks in Level 1 are simpler than those in Levels 2 and 3. While each level can be explored individually, students that start in one level and progress to more complex levels experience increasingly engaging and challenging tasks. Teachers select activities to offer a learning experience of an appropriate length and level for their students.

A collection of proven instructional activities developed around data strands that help students develop an understanding about how scientists make discoveries.

The Data Portfolio organizes activities by data strand and level of student engagement. Activities differ in complexity and sophistication—tasks in Level 1 are simpler than those in Levels 2 and 3. While each level can be explored individually, students that start in one level and progress to more complex levels experience increasingly engaging and challenging tasks. Teachers select activities to offer a learning experience of an appropriate length and level for their students.

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TOTEM Data Express Use quantum physics and LHC data to estimate the size of the proton. |
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Signal and Noise: The Basics Students analyze signals and noise first in audio and video forms and then look at signals and noise from physic measurements. |
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Signal and Noise: Cosmic Muons In this introductory tutorial that, students learn about how to distinguish muon signals from background and instrumental noise. |
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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. |
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Rolling with Rutherford Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm. |
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Quark Workbench 2D/3D Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks. |
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Plotting LHC Discovery Students explore features of mass plots of a well-understood particle and apply what they have learned to plots from new discoveries. |
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Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles. |
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Mass of U.S. Pennies Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses. |
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Mapping the Poles Students explore some basics of magnetic fields that can be related to experimental particle physics. |