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written by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
A collection of games and puzzles hosted by Fermilab, this site is a good demonstration of many of the principles of modern physics. Don't miss the outstanding geiger counter simulation.
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Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 6, 2004 by Timothy Russin
Record Updated: Aug 19, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
Fermilabyrinth (Editor: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)
Date: 07/27/2004

Fermilabyrinth is a remarkable collection of eleven games that present the basics of particle physics experiments. Here are some of the best:
Push, Push, Push the particle--In this game, perhaps the most interesting of all and certainly the most challenging, the visitor moves insulating cylinders and changes their lengths to accelerate charged particles.
Ghost Bustin'--This simulation of the Geiger Counter enabling the visitor to explore the effect of shielding and of radiation sources, including the famous orange Fiestaware® plate. The sound effects are particularly effective.
Particle Trappin--Here the visitor designs an experiment to identify two different particles by sending a beam through a stack of metal slabs that separates the particles and measures their energies.

Supplementing each group of games is a brief text section that provides background information. Otherwise, it's learning by doing, and thoroughly enjoyable

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