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Quark poker

Product of the Élémentaire group
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Playing cards to discover the elementary particles and their interactions. Suitable for all audiences.

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Cards represent the elementary fermions and bosons. Each particle has its own card which displays some information about its properties: electric charge, mass, lifetime, sensitivity to the weak and strong interactions. The game rules are those chosen by Nature (with some simplification when needed) and so the players do not only learn the particles but also about how they behave. Different games can be played among which

  • Happy Families (aka 'jeu des 7 familles' in French)
  • Poker: combinations from two to five cards (hadrons, interactions, families, etc.) allowed in Nature can be seen as the equivalent of the poker hands.
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  • Collisions: the idea is to select one constituent in each of two protons which are colliding at the LHC (using the real proton constituant distribution materialized by an ad hoc carnival wheel) and to add cards to make a real collision.

The game rules are summarized in a small brochure. An additional supporting document is foreseen which will give more information about the particles and their interactions. In addition, we foresee an online version of the games which software could help players understand why a given card configuration is allowed or forbidden or redirect interested people to more complete documentation.
CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT - To be available soon

Post date: Thu, May 10, 2012 — 15:18
Updated date: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 — 13:28

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Physics
Conservation Laws
Particles
Standard Model
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