Prior Knowledge

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We have designed this project for learners who:
  • understand how charged, moving particles are steeed or turned by magnetic fields. The data include tracks with curvature, one canuse this information to determine the momentum of the particle that left the track.
  • understand how energy and momentum are combined in relativistic settings. These particles have very high speeds (almost c) and one must take relativistic effects into account.
  • understand the relationship between energy and mass as shown by Einstein's famous E=mc2
  • have some understanding of a spreadsheet (i.e, Exceltm) or other software that allows for manipulation and graphing of numerical data.

We are working on other Web-based projects that one might use to develop this understanding.