Calculate the Top Quark Mass

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Subject: Physics

Grade Level: Introductory courses at high school or college level

Abstract: Students use conservation of momentum to calculate the mass of the top quark. This activity examines the fingerprint of a top/antitop production that took place in the D-Zero Detector at Fermilab on July 9, 1995. This activity will build on student understanding of vector addition and depends upon only a small amount of particle physics explanation.

Learner Description/Environment: This acitivity is suitable for a typical introductory physics class either at the high school or university level. We provide two methods of delivery, a traditional activity introduced and led by the teacher or an on-line version where the students control their own learning.

Time Frame: One or two days

Learner Outcomes: Students will know and be able to:

Alignment with Standards:

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