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  Session: LHC in the Classroom
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Teaching Particle Physics with LHC Data in AP Physics
  Meeting: 2015 Summer Meeting: College Park, Maryland
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:30PM
  Author: Michael Fetsko, Mills E. Godwin High School
804 245-0818, mrfetsko@henrico.k12.va.us
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The discovery of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland back in 2012 has brought particle physics into the minds of the general public and our students. As physics teachers, we need to seize upon this interest and bring high- energy physics into our classrooms. With the development of the AP Physics 1 and 2 courses, how is this possible? In this talk I will outline how I have incorporated particle physics into my classroom even with the new expectations placed on us through the new courses. This presentation will explain a variety of investigations that you can bring into your classroom using real particle physics data that has been released from the two big experiments at the LHC, ATLAS, and CMS. Through these investigations, your students will be able to examine real event displays, calculate invariant rest masses, create and analyze mass plots, and discover particle physics using the same data that researchers all over the world are using.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: fetsko_aapt_summer2015.pptx

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