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This resource offers a comprehensive set of materials for teaching about antimatter in a high school physics course. It includes background information written for non-physicists, Power Point lessons for free download, and extensions for students to apply newly-learned concepts. Lessons aim to engage students through analogy with themes such as, "Living in an Antimaterial World" and "Operation Annihilate!" Look also for funny tutorials, such as "What are the Indivisibles" and "Will You Be Charging That?" to help learners comprehend recent changes in our understanding of elementary particles.

Editor's Note: The use of analogy in teaching introductory physics has been the subject of education research. The key finding is that selection and use of an analogy can produce a measurable positive effect in concept learning. See Related Materials for a link to related research on this topic.

CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It's primary function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research. Its laboratory houses the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).
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General Physics
- Properties of Matter
Modern Physics
- Elementary Particles
- Nuclear Physics
= Models of the Nucleus
- High School
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- Algebra-based Physics
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Higgs, antineutron, antiproton, electron, fundamental particles, matter, neutrino, particle physics, positron, quark
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4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 9-12: 4D/H5. Scientists continue to investigate atoms and have discovered even smaller constituents of which neutrons and protons are made.
4G. Forces of Nature
  • 9-12: 4G/H8. The motion of electrons is far more affected by electrical forces than protons are because electrons are much less massive and are outside of the nucleus.

10. Historical Perspectives

10C. Relating Matter & Energy and Time & Space
  • 9-12: 10C/H3. The special theory of relativity is best known for stating that any form of energy has mass, and that matter itself is a form of energy. Even a tiny amount of matter holds an enormous amount of energy. This relationship is described in the famous relativity equation E = mc2, in which the c in the equation stands for the immense speed of light.

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Topic: Particles and Interactions and the Standard Model
Unit Title: The Standard Model

A comprehensive set of resources for teaching a unit on antimatter. The module incorporates liberal use of analogy to help students find a context for understanding this topic. You'll find 8 lessons in the format of Power Point presentations that blend humor with zany analogies. Background information has themes such as, "Will You Be Charging That?", to help kids understand the electric charge theory of antimatter.

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(European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneve, 2007), WWW Document, (http://education.web.cern.ch/education/Chapter2/Teaching/atm.html).
CERN: Antimatter Teaching Module, (European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneve, 2007), <http://education.web.cern.ch/education/Chapter2/Teaching/atm.html>.
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CERN: Antimatter Teaching Module. (2010, May 15). Retrieved March 1, 2017, from European Organization for Nuclear Research: http://education.web.cern.ch/education/Chapter2/Teaching/atm.html
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European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN: Antimatter Teaching Module. Geneve: European Organization for Nuclear Research, May 15, 2010. http://education.web.cern.ch/education/Chapter2/Teaching/atm.html (accessed 1 March 2017).
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CERN: Antimatter Teaching Module. Geneve: European Organization for Nuclear Research, 2007. 15 May 2010. 1 Mar. 2017 <http://education.web.cern.ch/education/Chapter2/Teaching/atm.html>.
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