Engaging in argument from evidence

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." 

Cosmic Rays and the Sun

Students search for a specific data file in the Cosmic Ray e-Lab and look for evidence of the passage of the sun in the flux measurements derived from this file. 

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.

Making it ‘Round the Bend

3 activities in which students explore properties of dipole and quadrupole magnets, forces felt by charged particles moving through magnetic fields, the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles.

LHCb Masterclass

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

Plotting LHC Discovery

Students explore features of mass plots of a well-understood particle and apply what they have learned to plots from new discoveries.

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.