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.

Students learn how particle physicists look for evidence of a new particle when the students re-discover a well-understood particle.They create a histogram with data from experimental measurements and the background model and examine and describe features of the plot.They are able to examine plots from any discovery announcements and do the same for the new particles.

Photo Credit: CERN

Materials
Attributes
Class Time: 
45 minutes
Data Strand: 
LHC
Level: 
Level 2
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Practices: 
4
6
7
Topic: 
Data Analysis
Momentum Conservation