Cosmic Ray

Activities are based on techniques that physicists use to make discoveries. We have included activities that use data from Cosmic Ray studies and activities that help students explore the concepts in this experiment.
Activity Name Data Strand Level NGSS Practices Topic
Calculate the Top Quark Mass (4 comments)

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

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 1 4 5 7 Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation
Quark Workbench (4 comments)

Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks.

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 2 6 Particle Composition
Mass of U.S. Pennies (0 comments)

Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 1 3 4 7 Data Analysis, Measurement
Rolling with Rutherford (10 comments)

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

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 1 3 4 7 Data Analysis, Measurement
Dice, Histograms & Probability (1 comment)

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 Ray, LHC, LIGO Level 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Data Analysis, Measurement
Cosmic Muon Lifetime (1 comment)

Students learn how physicists measure muon lifetime.

Cosmic Ray Level 1 2 3 4 5 Data Analysis, Measurement, Particle Composition, Student data
Cosmic Rays and the Sun (0 comments)

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. 

Cosmic Ray Level 2 3 4 6 7 Data Analysis, Measurement, Student data
Cosmic Ray e-Lab (0 comments)

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

Cosmic Ray Level 3 1 3 4 6 Data Analysis