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This free computer game created by the Space Science Institute displays a "golf course" as a magnetic field and the golf ball as a proton. These charged particles interact with the magnetic fields around them, sometimes in surprising ways. The goal of the game is to guide your proton golf balls through different magnetic field configurations to sink your putt. This resource aims to enhance understanding of how protons move within a plasma, the state of matter that shoots off the surface of the Sun after a solar flare. The game allows students to visualize what is happening at the nuclear level as the plasma particles interact with fields. Key takeaways: 1) Protons can orbit around magnetic field lines but can't cross them; 2) Earth's magnetic field configuration deflects most of the solar wind particles; 3) Electric fields can cause proteins to "drift" across magnetic lines; 4) The solar wind stretches Earth's dipole into a tail; 5) Waves in Earth's magnetic field can knock particles into the polar regions; 6) Speed of the particle doesn't matter -- its drift is controlled by the strength of electric and magnetic fields.
Editor's Note: This game is a great way to help students navigate the behavior of charged particles in a magnetic field, a topic that can be mystifying when studied in a textbook.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- The Sun
= Magnetic Activity
Education Practices
- Active Learning
- Technology
= Multimedia
Electricity & Magnetism
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
= Magnetic Fields
= Magnetostatic Boundary Conditions
Modern Physics
- Plasma Physics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Game
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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magnetic field drift, plasma behavior
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Metadata instance created February 24, 2022 by Caroline Hall
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February 25, 2022 by Caroline Hall
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(Space Science Institute, Boulder, 2021), WWW Document, (https://www.scigames.org/game.php?id=magnetominigolf).
Magneto Mini Golf (Space Science Institute, Boulder, 2021), <https://www.scigames.org/game.php?id=magnetominigolf>.
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Magneto Mini Golf. (2021, October 31). Retrieved March 3, 2024, from Space Science Institute: https://www.scigames.org/game.php?id=magnetominigolf
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Space Science Institute. Magneto Mini Golf. Boulder: Space Science Institute, October 31, 2021. https://www.scigames.org/game.php?id=magnetominigolf (accessed 3 March 2024).
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Magneto Mini Golf. Boulder: Space Science Institute, 2021. 31 Oct. 2021. 3 Mar. 2024 <https://www.scigames.org/game.php?id=magnetominigolf>.
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