NGSS 3: Planning and carrying out investigations
Mean Lifetime Part 3: MINERvA
Students collect data from muons which decay in the MINERvA detector in the Fermilab NuMi beamline to understand particle decay and determine the muon lifetime.
Making it ‘Round the Bend - Quantitative
Students measure the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles.
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."
Students have an opportunity to learn how to analyze data to calibrate the CMS detector and participate in discovery science (as particle physicists do).
Rolling with Rutherford
Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm.
Making it ‘Round the Bend - Qualitative
Students explore the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles.
Mass of U.S. Pennies
Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.
Cosmic Ray e-Lab
Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration in this series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays.