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written by Robert Baker, Walter Gekelman, Bill Layton, Richard Buck, and Joe Wise
This is the home page of LAPTAG, the Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group, which constructed the first high school plasma lab in the United States. Plasma, considered to be the fourth state of matter, is a highly ionized substance containing equal amounts of positive and negative charge.  By mass and volume, it is the most plentiful phase of matter in the universe.  The LAPTAG plasma laboratory, funded in part by the DOE, consists of a small ionizing device powered by a helicon source with Langmuir probes used to measure density and electron temperature.  Click on the first link for the complete, cost-free lab manual on plasma physics for high school students.   Detailed lecture notes offer guidance in explaining the processes that occur when charged particles become a plasma.
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Topic: Particles and Interactions and the Standard Model
Unit Title: Matter and Interactions

The LAPTAG plasma laboratory, funded in part by the DOE, is a high-school based project designed to make the study of plasma physics more accessible to secondary students.  Click on the first link for the complete, cost-free lab manual.  The next link provides detailed lecture notes explaining the processes that occur when charged particles become a plasma.

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R. Baker, W. Gekelman, B. Layton, R. Buck, and J. Wise, (1999), WWW Document, (http://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/laptag-website/Index.html).
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R. Baker, W. Gekelman, B. Layton, R. Buck, and J. Wise, LAPTAG: Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group, (1999), <http://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/laptag-website/Index.html>.
APA Format
Baker, R., Gekelman, W., Layton, B., Buck, R., & Wise, J. (2007, January 1). LAPTAG: Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from http://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/laptag-website/Index.html
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Baker, R, W. Gekelman, B. Layton, R. Buck, and J. Wise. LAPTAG: Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group. January 1, 2007. http://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/laptag-website/Index.html (accessed 11 December 2017).
MLA Format
Baker, Robert, Walter Gekelman, Bill Layton, Richard Buck, and Joe Wise. LAPTAG: Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group. 1999. 1 Jan. 2007. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/laptag-website/Index.html>.
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