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The purpose of the Hands-On CERN project is to increase understanding of the most fundamental processes inside matter, and to explain modern research about particle collisions. Students can explore fundamental particles, play a game with virtual quarks, and build a foundation to understand strong and weak nuclear interaction.

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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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

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.
  • 9-12: 4D/H7b. An enormous variety of biological, chemical, and physical phenomena can be explained by changes in the arrangement and motion of atoms and molecules.
4E. Energy Transformations
  • 9-12: 4E/H6. Energy is released whenever the nuclei of very heavy atoms, such as uranium or plutonium, split into middleweight ones, or when very light nuclei, such as those of hydrogen and helium, combine into heavier ones. For a given quantity of a substance, the energy released in a nuclear reaction is very much greater than the energy given off in a chemical reaction.

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

This tutorial collection was designed to help high school students build an understanding of matter at its most fundamental: subatomic particles. Explore the Standard Model, weak and strong nuclear interaction, collision types, muon detection, and more.

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(European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneve, 2004), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsmasterclasses.org/exercises/hands-on-cern/hoc_v21en/).
Hands-on-CERN, (European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneve, 2004), <http://www.physicsmasterclasses.org/exercises/hands-on-cern/hoc_v21en/>.
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Hands-on-CERN. (2010, May 15). Retrieved February 23, 2018, from European Organization for Nuclear Research: http://www.physicsmasterclasses.org/exercises/hands-on-cern/hoc_v21en/
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European Organization for Nuclear Research. Hands-on-CERN. Geneve: European Organization for Nuclear Research, May 15, 2010. http://www.physicsmasterclasses.org/exercises/hands-on-cern/hoc_v21en/ (accessed 23 February 2018).
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Hands-on-CERN. Geneve: European Organization for Nuclear Research, 2004. 15 May 2010. 23 Feb. 2018 <http://www.physicsmasterclasses.org/exercises/hands-on-cern/hoc_v21en/>.
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