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CERN Anti-matter Lesson Plan - Boys with Toys

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To provide 14 and 15 year olds tools to critically assess the possibilities of using antimatter as a future energy source and/or in weaponry


This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for students to successfully complete these lesson plans harmonizes with that which is expected of students in the 9th and 10th forms, according to a representative sample of national curricula. For some of the more calculation-intensive lesson plans, teachers may find the Background Materials helpful. Teachers may also discover that the required calculations can provide an opportunity for training in the use of calculators and/or computer graphing programs.This lesson provides a series of exercises that will enable students to assess popular claims regarding antimatter's use as a fuel source, and about the possibility of creating weapons using antimatter.
Upon the completion of this lesson, the student shall:
-Be able to perform calculations using the formula E=mc2. (Information is provided in Background Materials. See related weblink for more details).
-Be able to critically assess claims of using antimatter as a future energy source to drive spacecraft
-Be able to critically assess recent claims made about research into antimatter weapons

Post date: Fri, Oct 08, 2010 — 12:16
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:53

Learning Topics

Matter / Antimatter