RELATIVITY

HELP Index Summary Scenario Reference Student Pages

Subject/Content Area:

Physics
Target Audience:
This project primarily targets grades 9-12. The relevant curricular guidelines include the Special Theory of Relativity and The Standard Model. Skills that are required include a basic background in the language of science and the ability to perform independent research (including searching with the Internet), evaluate obtained information and apply that information to their own learning while being responsible for that learning. Students also need to gather information, interact with other learners and experts such as scientists, perform analysis of information, and develop conclusions about how data from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory follow logically from the Special Theory of Relativity and The Standard Model.
Project Goals:
The project will involve engaged learning. The project directs learning toward the problem while extending student learning during the application of researched knowledge to real Fermilab data. Students will post their project on the web. This web page will summarize their research, and will include their well-substantiated conclusion and information summary.
Learner Outcomes: Students will demonstrate their ability to:
• use the scientific process.
• demonstrate understanding of physical concepts.
• apply those concepts to relativistic data.
• apply the scientific method to a problem and draw logical conclusions from systematically collected and analyzed data.
• use the Special Theory of Relativity to explain with words, equations, and diagrams which variables are dependent upon speeds that approach the speed of light and qualitatively and quantitatively describe how dependent variables are varied at various speeds.
• use appropriate terminology to describe and explain the operation and purpose of experiments that utilize the Special Theory of Relativity.
• explain with both words and experimentally derived equations the motion of particles that approach the speed of light and be able to apply these principles to the energy and momentum of those particles.
• use data provided from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to study several dependent variables and how they are dependent upon velocity (distances traveled by muons with different velocities and no velocities....what's the graph?, etc). You will also need to sort through provided data to determine if it is capable of systematic analysis.
• describe the fundamental particles and forces and be able to explain the quark or lepton structure and characteristics of the particles described in their chosen data.
Alignment with National Standards and State Goals:

Alignment with National Standards:
This project demonstrates some elements of:
• Science Teaching Standards A, B, C, D, E, F
• Science Assessment Standards A, B, C, D, E
• Science Content Standards A, B, C, E, F, G
• Science Program Standards A, B, C, D, E, F
Alignment with State Goals: This project demonstrates some elements of:
• State Goal 11 (A, B, C, D)
• State Goal 12 (A, B, C, D)
• State Goal 13 (A, B, C)
Assessment of Students:
Student assessment rubrics. The student information sheet has a place for a summary of all the rubric scores and a place to record observations of students as they work. Each rubric will be assessed at three levels. The first level will be the group assessing itself, the second level will be another group assessing the group's work and the third level will be an assessment by the teacher.

Author: Brian K. Wegley from Glenbrook South High School.
Multimedia Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 23, 1996
http://www-ed.fnal.gov/help/relativity/index.html