The Case of the Hidden Neutrino
Students use momentum conservation to examine the decay of top-antitop pairs to determine what is missing from the event.
Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice
Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles.
Shuffling the Particle Deck
Teams of students organize cards depicting fundamental particles based on their characteristics. This activity is a foundation for learning about the Standard Model and parallels the methods used by scientists to organize the elements into the period table.
Mean Lifetime Part 2: Cosmic Muons
Students learn how physicists measure muon lifetime.
Dice, Histograms & Probability
Students roll dice, record the resulting individual values as well as the sum of the values, create histograms of the data and develop insight into the concept of “degrees of freedom."
Making it ‘Round the Bend - Qualitative
Students explore the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles.
Rolling with Rutherford
Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm.
Calculate the Top Quark Mass
Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the top mass from event displays.
Calculate the Z Mass
Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the Z mass from event displays.