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.

This set of three classroom activities allows students to explore some basic physics at the heart of particle physics accelerator design. Students will study how magnetic and electric fields accelerate, turn and focus the particles in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) beam. The activities provide examples from modern physics that can be incorporated in a general study of electricity and magnetism or as part of a unit of study focused on particle physics. Additionally, the activities help students understand the role of magnets in the LHC. Image Credit: Geek3

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Class Time: 
1-3 hours
Data Strand: 
Level 0
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Practices: 
Technology Requirements : 
Electric Potential
Lorentz Force
Motion of Charged Particles