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BABAR PARTICLE PHYSICS TEACHING PACKAGE

name_image To start working through the package click here.

Worksheets to accompany the package can be download from the following link:
Worksheets in Word 97 format.

The entire package may be downloaded as a zip file by clicking here.

The material covered is topical and up to date, commencing with relativity and the basics of particle physics and leading up to a 3D interactive simulation of the BaBar experiment (which commenced at SLAC during the summer of 1999). This has the effect of teaching students the theory behind an experiment, then placing them in a realistic environment where they have to behave like scientists, an important consideration in the design of computer-based learning materials.

The package can be used either by a teacher for demonstration purposes in a whole class situation, or on an individual / small group basis. The average A-Level physics student would probably take around 2 hours to cover the material and carry out all the calculations, preferably with breaks for teacher input. Its modular design makes it possible to skip from one section to another if some ground has already been covered in a previous session.

The teaching package will work best with Internet Explorer 4 (or later) on a 1024x768 screen size. However it will also work with Netscape 4 (or later) and on an 800x600 screen. An Intel Pentium 133 or higher (or equivalent) is recommended. The package has been tested on MS Windows 95/98/NT systems.

Links to related sites:

  • SLAC Virtual Visitor Center
  • Particle Physics in the UK
  • Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
  • The Physics of the BaBar Experiment
  • Teaching package original content and design by Heather Lang and David Kirk (1999).
    Content revision and web implementation by Josey Allnutt and David Henley (2000).
    © 1999,2000 University of Manchester Department of Physics and Astronomy.
    ™Babar and the distinctive likeness are trademarks of Laurent de Brunhoff and are used with his permission. (Copyright © Laurent de Brunhoff. All rights reserved.)


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