Physics Education/Nuclear_and_Particle_Physics

  • ABC’s of Nuclear Science - A comprehensive introduction to nuclear science-- antimatter, beta rays, cosmic radiation, radioactivity, the difference between fission and fusion, and the structure of the nucleus, for starters. Site also provides access to reference and teaching materials and experiments. From Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Uses frames.
  • Antimatter: Mirror of the Universe - A thorough discussion covering all aspects of antimatter.
  • ATLAS Educational Information - The ATLAS Experiment is to be carried out at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator facility of the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Website is intended for people of all ages who are curious about fundamental particles and forces as well as about particle research.
  • Atom Builder - A shockwave application that allows the user to add up and down quarks to a hydrogen nucleus to create a carbon nucleus.
  • A Basic Introduction to Nuclear Physics - A hypertextbook presenting elementary facts about nuclear physics. Nuclear physics is the study of the properties of the nucleus, the tiny object at the heart of every atom, and the forces that hold the nucleus together.
  • Big Bang Science - Site seeks to explain the origins of matter and current high-energy research regarding the conditions of the early universe. The information presented here is published in booklet form by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC).
  • Bremsstrahlung - An overview of bremsstrahlung (or stopping radiation). From The Particle Detector BriefBook.
  • Cherenkov Radiation - From The Particle Detector BriefBook.
  • Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics & Mechanics Educational Sites - A collection of resources gathered by the Thermodynamics Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Contemporary (Nuclear) Physics Education Project (CPEP) - A product of teachers, educators, and physicists located around the world. Charts, brochures, web features, and classroom activities present the current understanding of cosmic rays, radiation, particle physics, fission, fusion, and similar topics. Award-winning site.
  • Cross Section - Introduction to cross section, an important concept in scattering.
  • Decays - Introductory information on particle decays produced by the Stanford Linear Accelerator.
  • Fermilab Education - For students, educators, visitors.
  • Fermilabyrinth - A collection of Web-based games and activities to develop an understanding of the operations and experiments that take place in the Fermilab accelerator and detector halls and the scientific ideas they explore. Has a special section for teachers.
  • Fusion Energy Education - Leads to several excellent resources which teach about fusion.
  • GCSE Physics: Radioactivity - Simple, concise introductory tutorials about radioactivity and atoms.
  • General Atomics Fusion Group - Educational fusion research information. Includes links to other fusion sites as well as teacher resources.
  • "God Particle" Possibly Discovered - A report on one of the potentially most important discoveries of the new millennium, along with a summary of the standard model of particle physics.
  • Hampton University Particle Physics Education - Describes the work of the Hampton University Particle Physics group in the ATLAS project as well as provides material and links for particle physics and general physics education. It also provides information on and links to QuarkNet, an NSF-DOE sponsored initiative to improve physics education.
  • History of the Nuclear Age - A chronological record of the nuclear age: links to people, documents and educational units. Explore political and ethical dilemmas of the Nuclear Age.
  • How Stuff Works: How Atom Smashers Work - Tutorial with 28 color illustrations and photographs looks at these amazing devices and how the results they obtain tell us about the fundamental structure of matter, the forces holding it together and the origins of the universe.
  • The Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience (IPPEX) - The site "allows students and teachers to participate remotely in scientific research at [America's] largest fusion energy laboratory." Requires Java-capable browser and Shockwave plug-in to be able to use the excellent educational modules. Also has an "ask the expert" forum for fusion-related questions.
  • Introduction to Particle Physics - Beginners guide to particle physics.
  • Learning Science with Computer Assistance: Physics Topics - A set of simulations to illustrate the historical models of atomic structure and the behavior of light.
  • Leptons - Introductory information on leptons (electrons, muons, taus, and neutrinos).
  • Life, the Universe and the Electron - An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the electron--A collaboration between the Science Museum, London, and the Institute of Physics
  • Meltdown at Three Mile Island, a Documentary - Companion site to the PBS show of the same name. Covers "How a Nuclear Reactor Works" and "What Happened," showing the series of events that took place on March 28, 1979. Useful for a quick lesson about Three Mile Island. Also has teacher's guide to the show and a link for ordering the video. Requires Java-enabled browser.
  • Nuclear Energy Guide - Learn the beginning concepts of nuclear energy including nuclear fission, accidents, power and both sides of the nuclear argument. (quicktime plug-in)
  • Nuclear Power - Overviews the principles of nuclear fission and its use to generate power, why uranium can be fissioned, n/p ratio and delayed neutrons, moderators, also Chernobyl and 3-Mile Island.
  • Nuclear Power Plant Demonstration - Java applet of a basic nuclear power plant. Try to keep the reactor running safely under various failure scenarios.
  • Nuclear Science and Technology and How It Influences Your Life - Covers five major application fields: food irradiation, industry, medicine, space, and electricity.
  • Nuclear War and You - The effects of a nuclear blast.
  • OnScreen Particle Physics - A simulation for Mac and Windows 95/98/NT that allows even beginning students to experience what real particle physics experiments are like. Demo versions available for download.
  • The Particle Adventure - An award-winning site from the Particle Data Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. "A tour of the inner workings of the atom."
  • Reflections on Matter - Atoms to quarks, quantum physics, the big bang, and newer theories about matter.
  • SLAC Visitor Center - Information provided by SLAC for informing the general public about particle physics.
  • Tau Decay Physics - Summary of decay modes and their probabilities.
  • U.S. Fusion Energy Sciences Program - A very comprehensive U.S. Department of Energy site related to fusion research. Provides a large number of links to institutions and organizations, and there is a special fusion education section too.
  • What is Antimatter? - From Scientific American: Ask the Experts: Physics.
  • What is the Higgs Boson? - From Scientific American: Ask the Experts: Physics.
  • The World of Nuclear Science - "The World of Nuclear Science", is an interactive educational site that teaches people about the concepts, applications, issues relating to and history of nuclear science.
  • - More Sci- Than Fi, Physicists Create Antimatter - Physicists working in Europe have announced that they have created atoms made of antimatter, or antiatoms. [Requires free registration to view.] (September 19, 2002)

    What is the electron spin?
    Electron spin is the electron's electromagnetic field angular momentum

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