ERIC Number: EJ1059623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Special Relativity in the School Laboratory: A Simple Apparatus for Cosmic-Ray Muon Detection
Singh, P.; Hedgeland, H.
Physics Education, v50 n3 p317-323 May 2015
We use apparatus based on two Geiger-Müller tubes, a simple electronic circuit and a Raspberry Pi computer to illustrate relativistic time dilation affecting cosmic-ray muons travelling through the atmosphere to the Earth's surface. The experiment we describe lends itself to both classroom demonstration to accompany the topic of special relativity and to extended investigations for more inquisitive students.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Scientific Concepts, Electronics, Equations (Mathematics), Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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