# Reflections on CMS Data Workshop at Rutgers 7/8-7/9/13

Introduction

I thought the overview was a bit over the heads of the students and made the students uncomfortable. At this point some students might have been frustrated because they were looking forward to a two week program in which they would feel lost. As the week unfolded, this was addressed.

Rolling with Rutherford

A great way to approach the concept of measuring something indirectly. The statistical nature of the outcome and ensuing class discussion were key.

Calculate the Z-mass

In the past I have tried using the Top Quark measurement with my class as a review of momentum and vectors. This is more direct and less onerous. I will be using this in the upcoming school year.

Fermilab Virtual Visit

This was very helpful for the programs. The students were highly engaged.

CMS W/Z measurement

This was a great activity the really gave the students an overview of the particle physics process. I need to get the tools to allow me to run this in my class..