This year, we used our new collection of dice to perform the half life lab instead of M&Ms. Over the two classes, we aggregated over 1100 rolls. For homework, students will plot the aggregated data in three ways: number of “nuclei” remaining vs. time, number of “nuclei” decayed in a given roll vs. time, and ln(number of “nuclei” remaining vs. time). They then will use each graph in some manner to determine the half-life of the sample.
The Chromebook once again demonstrates its flexibility: