Strange Unexplained Cosmic Rays

The truth about strange unexplained cosmic rays? They're still unexplained! Share one of our universe's many unsolved mysteries with your class using a video from the Physics Girl playlist. The resource describes what cosmic rays are, how they compare with other particles, and where physicists think they may come from.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils watch the video for a homework assignment and prepare an argument as to where they think cosmic rays come from
  • Are your students familiar with the large hadron collider shown in the video? Give them a virtual tour!
Classroom Considerations
  • Draw some common particles on the board for reference, so learners can see how unique cosmic rays really are
  • The resource is refreshingly honest in its discussion of an unknown quantity in the scientific community
  • Clever examples help viewers understand what scientists know about cosmic rays
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