Asking questions/Defining problems

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." 

CMS Masterclass WZH-path

Students are physicists for a day at a university or lab where they work with physicists to learn how to analyze real particle physics data in the form of event displays.

Mass of U.S. Pennies

Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.

Rolling with Rutherford

Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm.

CMS e-Lab

Students have an opportunity to learn how to analyze data to calibrate the CMS detector and participate in discovery science (as particle physicists do).

LHCb Masterclass

Students measure the D0 lifetime using data from LHCb, separating signal from backgrounds.

LIGO e-Lab

Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration by investigating seismic behavior that influence the behavior of LIGO's gravitational wave detectors.

Calculate the Top Quark Mass

Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the top mass from event displays.

Cosmic Ray e-Lab

Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration in this series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays.

Calculate the Z Mass

Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the Z mass from event displays.