General Lab Information


LINAC - Ready, Set, Smash!

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Students create a working model of a linear accelerator (LINAC) using the attractive force of a magnet and conservation of momentum. They simulate particle collisions in Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) by aiming two model LINACs at the same target. If the timing and position are correct then a collision will occur.

Vocabulary: acceleration, attract, charge, electron, energy, ion, magnetism, momentum, repel, speed

Session Information: This activity is available in-person only.

In-Person Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • $400 per session (BOCES-aidable)

NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

PS2.A: Forces and Motion

PS2.B: Types of Interactions

PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces

ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Energy and Matter

Developing and Using Models

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Intermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 1, S2.1a Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques.

Standard 1, S2.1b Conduct an experiment design by others.

Standard 1, T1.3a Generate ideas for alternative solutions.

Standard 1, T1.2b Evaluate alternatives based on the constraints of design.

Standard 6, 2.2 Use models to study processes that cannot be studied directly (e.g., when the real process is too slow, too fast, or too dangerous for direct observation).

3.3a All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are far too small to see with a light microscope.

4.4f Without touching them, material that has been electrically charged attracts uncharged material, and may either attract or repel other charged material.

4.4g Without direct contact, a magnet attracts certain materials and either attracts or repels other magnets.

5.1b The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.

5.1c An object’s motion is the result of the combined effect of all forces acting on the object. A moving object is not subjected to a force will continue to move at a constant speed in a straight line. An object at rest will remain at rest.

5.1e For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.