Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice

Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles.

Students represent “particles” with six-sided dice, and determine the “decay time” using a histogram of the number of dice remaining after each roll. Dice are removed if their value matches a “decay” criterion. The students find half-life and mean lifetime from the plot. 

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Attributes
Data Strand: 
Cosmic Ray
LHC
Level: 
Level 1
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Practices: 
4
5
Topic: 
Data Analysis
Measurement
Particle Composition
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