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Cosmic ray detection and magnetic cloud volatility analysis suitable for high school student research

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

Conference Session

Mid Atlantic Papers

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Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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7

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Tak Cheung

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Tak Cheung, Ph.D., professor of physics, teaches in CUNY Queensborough Community College. He also conducts research and mentors student research projects.

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George Tremberger Jr Queensborough Community College

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sunil Dehipawala Queensborough Community College

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Sunil Dehipawala received his B.S. degree from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and Ph.D from City University of New York. Currently, he is working as a faculty member at Queensborough Community College of CUNY.

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Steven Barton Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

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High school physics and chemistry teacher. Graduated SUNY Stony Brook with a materials science concentration.

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Colin Denis BASIS independent Brooklyn school

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Colin Denis teaches physics at BASIS independent Brooklyn school.

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Abstract

The QuarkNet is an association of Femi National Lab physicists, college physics professors and high school physics teachers with multiple missions which include enhancing science and engineering knowledge through hands-on experience among high school students. Besides building cosmic ray detectors, we instituted a related activity in the studying of cosmic ray and/or solar proton induced muon production. This activity concerns whether the muon flux fluctuation has a relationship to solar eruption event effects. Mathematical skills at the pre-calculus level in the high school curriculum was found to be sufficient to perform the necessary analyses. A magnetic cloud event detected by the ACE spacecraft on April 14-15, 2013 was analyzed and the results were published on open access platform accessible by high school teachers and students. Our results, using basic spreadsheet tools such as copy-paste and histogram utilities, showed an increased volatility during the above mentioned magnetic cloud event in the Athens cosmic ray data available on the internet. The volatility histogram technique also revealed a solar proton peak event detected by the GOES-13 spacecraft the following day. Together with the sub-minute time resolution capability of the QuarkNet detector, future muon fluctuation volatility analysis by high school teachers and students for solar event analysis projects is discussed.

Cheung, T., & Tremberger, G., & Dehipawala, S., & Barton, S., & Denis, C. (2017, October), Cosmic ray detection and magnetic cloud volatility analysis suitable for high school student research Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/29371

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