Seeing the Smallest Thing in the Universe

How do we see what we can't see? An episode of a comprehensive physics playlist shows images of the smallest particles current technology can record. The instructor discusses current and past research on the makeup of subatomic particles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create a hierarchy of particles using size as the reference
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects a solid understanding of the behavior of light waves
  • Consider monitoring YouTube comments if making the video available to learners to view on their own
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Pros
  • Highlights key vocabulary throughout the lesson
  • Provides diagrams and animations to add clarity to abstract concepts
Cons
  • None