Reflection! – Almahmouda

Through my past week of research, I’ve learned that particle physics is a doozy! I’ve dived into similar complex fields before, but the research, combined with the Thoughtvectors, helped me piece together thoughts and ideas from separate fields into a domain that I have created to help me explain the importance of the Higgs Boson. However, I have learned so much about particle physics along the way, whether it be that hadrons are mesons and baryons, or the interactions with the Higgs field are responsible for mass.
I have a lot more to learn, but I am sure this IBP will demonstrate the greatest extent I know of how the Higgs Boson, Higgs field, and the Large Hadron Collider are relevant in almost all domains of life.

THE Large Hadron Collider – Research 2

If you’ve been keeping with my posts, you are now informed of the Higgs Boson! 🙂
I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but if you haven’t, July 4, 2012 marked the day that ATLAS , a particle detector experiment located in the Large Hadron Collider, detected signs of the aftermath of a Higgs Boson.

If Large Hadron Collider and ATLAS are words that confuse you, allow me to explain. Hadrons are subatomic particles composed of quarks held together by the strong force, and there are two classes of hadrons: baryons and mesons.
Baryons are subatomic particles that are composed of 3 quarks or 3 antiquarks, held together by the strong nuclear force; protons and neutrons are examples of baryons.

Mesons are subatomic particles that are composed of a quark and an antiquark, also held together by the strong nuclear force, pions and antipions are examples of mesons.
Now, the Large Hadron Collider performs what the name implies; The LHC is a series of loops that uses electric fields to speed hydrogen protons, an example of a hadron, to 99.9999991% the speed of light. The LHC then collides the particles in detector experiments, such as ATLAS and ALICE, that collect data. Scientists at CERN then analyze the collected data in hopes of finding data that resembles the predicted data of a Higgs Boson.

The ATLAS detector

The significance of the discovery of the Higgs Boson proves the existence of the Higgs field, and the Standard Model of particle physics. The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory concerning the weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force, and the electromagnetic force, and how these fundamental forces govern the dynamics of subatomic particles, like leptons, bosons, and quarks.

The Standard Model

Now, you do not need to understand the Standard Model to know that the fundamental forces are linked with subatomic particles. However, the Standard Model needed one more variable to validate the equation, the Higgs. When it was found that the Higgs Boson actually existed, the Standard Model became a highly-supported theory capable of explaining many particle physics phenomena.

More research to come! 🙂

Inquiry Based Project #2 – Almahmouda

After reading comments and consulting my classmates, I have come to the conclusion that my topic could be difficult to understand, and yet, I am even more attracted to the challenge of making sure it is comprehensible. I need to establish a scholarly style while maintaining an understandable tone throughout my inquiry, too.  Personally, I feel as if this topic is rich with information that is pertinent to almost any facet of life; we can all benefit from having learned something about the Higgs-Boson.

Area Of Inquiry

My area of inquiry resides in the immense field of research behind finding another Higgs Boson, and the discovery of the Boson itself. Truly, an area of science so grandiose requires a  large, almost unmatched base of research for support. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, designed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), “the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, to research a variety of controversial questions, such as discovering the origins of mass. Discovering the Higgs Boson not only leads the science community to the origins of mass, but also to the completion of the Standard Model, an equation relating an object’s basic particles and governing forces. Quarks, gravitons, and muons: if they don’t sound familiar, that’s okay! My inquiry based project (IBP) revolves around the importance of the Boson relative to the Standard Model, Large Hadron Collider, and the science world, hopefully leaving my reader with an elementary understanding of the Standard Model, Higgs Boson, LHC, and CERN.

Direction (Vector) Of Inquiry

As my introduction tended to be a little vague in describing my real area of intended study, I will clarify and direct my inquiry based project. I will study the impact of the Higgs Boson on the Science community pertaining to the Standard Model. Seems a touch repetitive, but I would sincerely enjoy hearing opinions on this matter.

Your Project In The Concept Space Of The Web

For my project in the Concept Space of the web, I would try and incorporate external articles from CERN, and I would be more than willing to mention multiple classmates’ IBPs if they were to relate to my IBP. Since the material will be very science-oriented, I will insert images and graphs to help explain my IBP. If anyone reading this post has further suggestions/ideas/comments, please post them! I can only develop this IBP to be so great on my own, and I believe advice will help me bring this IBP to the next level.

Source List
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIg1Vh7uPyw
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-the-higgs-boson-was-found-4723520/?no-ist

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/2861.aspx
http://home.web.cern.ch/about/physics/standard-model
http://science.howstuffworks.com/higgs-boson.htm

I will continue my research on the topic, and I will edit this post with more links. As I’ve stated before, if anybody reading this post has helpful links that are relative to this post, please post them 🙂

Inquiry Based Project

Area Of Inquiry

My area of inquiry resides in the immense field of research behind finding another Higgs Boson, and the discovery of the Boson itself. Truly, an area of science so grandiose requires a  large, almost unmatched base of research for support. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, designed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), “the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, to research a variety of controversial questions, such as discovering the origins of mass. Discovering the Higgs Boson not only leads the science community to the origins of mass, but also to the completion of the Standard Model, an equation relating an object’s basic particles and governing forces. Quarks, gravitons, and muons: if they don’t sound familiar, that’s okay! My inquiry based project (IBP) revolves around the importance of the Boson relative to the Standard Model, Large Hadron Collider, and the science world, hopefully leaving my reader with an elementary understanding of the Standard Model, Higgs Boson, LHC, and CERN.

Direction (Vector) Of Inquiry

As my introduction tended to be a little vague in describing my real area of intended study, I will clarify and direct my inquiry based project. I will study the impact of the Higgs Boson on the Science community pertaining to the Standard Model. Seems a touch repetitive, but I would sincerely enjoy hearing opinions on this matter.

Your Project In The Concept Space Of The Web

For my project in the Concept Space of the web, I would try and incorporate external articles from CERN, and I would be more than willing to mention multiple classmates’ IBPs if they were to relate to my IBP. Since the material will be very science-oriented, I will insert images and graphs to help explain my IBP. If anyone reading this post has suggestions/ideas/comments, please post them! I can only develop this IBP to be so great on my own, and I believe advice will help me bring this IBP to the next level.