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.
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."
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.