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CERN Anti-matter Teaching Module

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To stimulate 14 and 15 year olds' interest in science by introducing themes in modern physics at earlier stages than is the practice in most national curricula.

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This is the first in a projected series of teaching resources from CERN whose overall aim is to stimulate interest in science by introducing themes in modern physics at earlier stages than is the practice in most national curricula. They are aimed at students aged 14-15 years (corresponding to the 9th and 10th year of schooling in most countries.)
 
This module contains 8 lesson plans on the topic of antimatter, together with background materials and topics for extension. The lessons have been designed so that they can be integrated with science topics that are common across most national curricula for students aged 15 to 15 years. In this respect, the teacher need not feel that the material covered in the lesson plan is supplementary, but rather that it can serve as a vehicle to deliver topics in science that are already required by their syllabus, and to do so in a more modern and, we hope, more interesting way. These include: the building blocks of matter (fundamental particles), energy transformations, conservation of energy, kinetic energy, electric charge, and the evolution of the universe.
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for students to successfully complete these lesson plans harmonizes with that which is expected of students in the 9th and 10th forms, according to a representative sample of national curricula. For some of the more calculation-intensive lesson plans, teachers may find the Background Materials helpful. Teachers may also discover that the required calculations can provide an opportunity for training in the use of calculators and/or computer graphing programs.
 
Each lesson lasts approximately 30 minutes, yet may vary depending on how they are used.
See related documents for each of the 8 individual lesson plans. For more information and background materials, follow the weblink listed.
 
http://education.web.cern.ch/education/Chapter2/Teaching/anti_matter/les...

Post date: Fri, Oct 08, 2010 — 12:13
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:52

Learning Topics

Matter / Antimatter