Quantum Physics - Unit Summary
16 lessons, 1 hour each
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Lesson 3 – Particle physics
After these lessons students will be able to:
- Define fermions and bosons, and identity particles of each family.
- Describe the operation of different types of particle accelerators.
- Understand how particle accelerators are used to investigate the nature of matter and why high energies are needed.
- Most of the fundamental particles predicted by the Standard Model have now been observed but some still remain to be confirmed.
- There are two fundamental families of particles, fermions and bosons.
- Particle accelerators explore matter by observing the particles created during high energy collisions.
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Welcome students to this lesson and encourage several of the students to introduce themselves to each other.
Reflection – Teacher undertakes a quick review of the key ideas presented in the previous lessons.
Investigation – Teacher introduces fermions and bosons and identifies common particles of each family. See the key ideas covered in Prezi L3.1 Particle Physics. Resources
Discussion – Students discuss key ideas and teachers attend to backchat questions as they arise. Teacher shares YouTube clip – Strange Charm: A Song about Quarks. Resources
Investigation – Teacher introduces the purpose and types of particle accelerators. See the key ideas covered in Prezi L3.2 Large Hadron Collider. Resources
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Students continue to explore possible quantum topics suitable for their assignment research task and presentation in week 8. Students visit NVSES unit resources for some possible topic ideas.