Usually, my AP Physics B class does a version of the CMS Masterclass in our particle physics unit before the AP exam. However, this year, due to school being cancelled due to polar vortices, it was postponed until now. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to attend an official Masterclass, but we are still using the 2014 materials. We are exploring the W, Z, and Higgs bosons. I introduced the lab today, and students started characterizing events. I’ll share the mass plot when we finish on Thursday. I can’t recommend the CMS Masterclass too strongly; seek one out and get your students involved in it!
(You can see in the photo the students using iSpy Online to visualize events from CMS.)
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