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Particle Physics Teaching Material: Micro Courses

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This textbook provides teachers with four short courses (one to two lessons) that connect aspects of particle physics to common contents of physics curricula without the need of extensive prior knowledge.

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This textbook is part of a four-volume series of teaching material on particle physics developed by the German Netzwerk Teilchenwelt in cooperation with the Joachim Herz Foundation.

It provides teachers with four short courses (one to two lessons) that connect aspects of particle physics to common contents of physics curricula like special relativity, quantum mechanics or even classical mechanics. The required prior knowledge is rather limited and the courses are especially designed for situations where there is no dedicated section on particle physics in the curriculum. The courses include the discussion of the movement of particles in a gravitational field in the context of the AEGIS experiment at CERN. There, this movement is studied for antimatter.

Another course uses logic deduction to explain that beta decays cannot be simple decays of composed particles into components but must include particle transformations.

Furthermore, the reconstruction of masses of short-lived particles from the properties of the transformation products is outlined using the Higgs particle as an example.

A further course presents a classical analogy experiment for the interpretation of the uncertainty principle for time and energy. All the courses are designed for the students’ participation and therefore mainly consist of exercises rather than long theoretical discourses.

 

The PDF file of the textbook can be downloaded here.

Printed versions of the textbook can be ordered free of charge by contacting Netzwerk Teilchenwelt via mail@teilchenwelt.de

All volumes of this teaching material can be downloaded at https://www.teilchenwelt.de/tp.

A more comprehensive collection of teaching material can be found at https://www.teilchenwelt.de/material/materialien-fuer-lehrkraefte/.

Post date: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 — 21:17
Updated date: Tue, Jul 28, 2020 — 02:05

Learning Topics

Physics
Conservation Laws
Higgs Boson
Mass
Matter / Antimatter
Particles
Technology
Detectors
Particle Identification

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