Cosmic Ray Exploration at CSU
July 13-16, 2015
Tiny URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/csu-cdw15.
This workshop is an exploratory prototype. All activities not specifically found in the Data Portfolio are still in development.
Participating teachers will:
- Apply classical physics principles to reduce or explain the observations in data investigations.
- Identify and describe ways that data are organized for determining any patterns that may exist in the data.
- Create, organize and interpret data plots; make claims based on evidence and provide explanations; identify data limitations.
- Develop a plan for taking students from their current level of data use to subsequent levels using activities and/or ideas from the workshop.
We will also provide opportunities to engage in critical dialogue among teaching colleagues about what they learn in the workshop.
Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.
Monday 13 July
09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Presentation: Astroparticle Research
No computer needed!
11:45 Reflection on Activities
13:00 Stages of muon lifetime (do in sequence)
14:30 Detector performance simulation
15:30 Reflections on Activities and Discussion
16:00 End of Day
Tuesday 14 July
09:15 Pierre Auger Virtual Visit
09:45 Prepare detector/computer interfaces
10:00 Plateau detectors
11:30 Set rates and start taking data
14:30 Plan Wednesday expedition
15:30 QuarkNet nuts-and-bolts
16:00 End of Day
Wednesday 15 July
09:15 Presentation: Neutrino physics
12:00 Lunch (on the road?)
13:00 Calibrate CSU detector array
16:00 End of day
The CSU QuarkNet group took two cosmic ray detectors in two cars up to Alpine Visitor Center on Wednesday Julu 5, 2015, measuring cosmic ray flux at several stops. Zack's detector ran at 3-fold coincidence while Chris' and Roger's detector was at 2-fold. Near the top, we discovered a light leak in Zack's detector but kept it under control.
Our route from Colorado State to Alpine Visitor Center. Our results; light purple for Zack's detector and blue for Chris' and Roger's.