Particle Fever Documentary Discussion Questions
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Require watching a Documentary call Particle Fever: 12 questions quiz.

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1. What is a Gaussian curve commonly used for? 2. When discussing the probability of something occurring (e.g. a signal being background noise and not a particle), particle physicist will often refer to ``sigma'', . What are they referring to? Describe in your own words; I can look up what wikipedia says! 3. How likely is an event occurs outside of the 1 level? (What percent of the time will you observe an event that falls beyond the 1-sigma width of the curve?) 4. How likely is an event occurs outside of the $4 \sigma$ level? (What percent of the time will you observe an event that falls beyond the 5-sigma width of the curve?) 5. How is the Higgs field related to the masses of fundamental particles? 6. In what laboratory and in what country was the Higgs boson discovered? 7. What is the mass of the Higgs boson in GeV? 8. "Particle Fever is about a single experiment that took 19 years, 10,000 people, and 10 billion dollars to complete." What do you think about that statement? Is it right, wrong? Give evidence from the film as a basis for your answer. 9. Based on what you saw in Particle Fever, what parallels or relationships do you see between art and science. and/or how to physicists view, relate to, or use art? Give evidence from the film as a basis for your answer. 10. At the end of the film, results from the two experiments (the CMS and ATLAS detectors) are presented at a conference. Why were all the physicists just as interested in the result from the second collaboration (ATLAS) as from the first? Why was most of the applause and congratulations held until the second talk was over (beyond politeness!) 11. What surprised you the most about the film? Give either a person, an idea, something you saw or something someone did or said. Explain why you were surprised. 12. Write your own Hollywood ending to Particle Fever. Base it on facts you learned from the film. (This should be about one paragraph. On Canvas, I've included a pdf with the biographies of the people from the film.) ...
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1. What is a Gaussian curve commonly used for?
2. When discussing the probability of something occurring (e.g. a signal being
background noise and not a particle), particle physicist will often refer to
``sigma'', . What are they referring to? Describe in your own words; I can look up
what wikipedia says!
3. How likely is an event occurs outside of the 1 level? (What percent of the time will
you observe an event that falls
beyond the 1-sigma width of the curve?)
4. How likely is an event occurs outside of the $4 \sigma$ level? (What percent of the
time will you observe an event that falls beyond the 5-sigma width of the curve?)
5. How is the Higgs field related to the masses of fundamental particles?
6. In what laboratory and in what country was the Higgs boson discovered?
7. What is the mass of the Higgs boson in GeV?
8. "Particle Fever is about a single experiment that took 19 years, 10,000 people, and
10 billion dollars to complete." What do you think about that statement? Is it right,
wrong? Give evidence from the film as a basis for your answer.
9. Based on what you saw in Particle Fever, what parallels or relationships do you see
between art and science. and/or how to physicists view, relate to, or use art? Give
evidence from the film as a basis for your answer.
10. At the end of the film, results from the two experiments (the CMS and ATLAS
detectors) are presented at a conference. Why were all the physicists just as
interested in the result from the second collaboration (ATLAS) as from the
first? Why was most of the applause and congratulations held until the second talk
was over (beyond politeness!)
11. What surprised you the most about the film? Give either a person, an idea,
something you saw or something someone did or said. Explain why you were
surprised.
12. Write your own Hollywood ending to Particle Fever. Base it on facts you learned
from the film. (This should be about one paragraph. On Canvas, I've included a
p...

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