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ERIC Number: EJ775645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Feynman Diagrams as Metaphors: Borrowing the Particle Physicist's Imagery for Science Communication Purposes
Pascolini, A.; Pietroni, M.
Physics Education, v37 n4 p324-328 Jul 2002
We report on an educational project in particle physics based on Feynman diagrams. By dropping the mathematical aspect of the method and keeping just the iconic one, it is possible to convey many different concepts from the world of elementary particles, such as antimatter, conservation laws, particle creation and destruction, real and virtual particles, and so on. We have created a construction toy in which the rules of the graphic representation are translated into mechanical constraints between the toy elements. We report and discuss the results of public demonstrations with high school students. (Contains 4 figures, 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy