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Lesson Plan: Quarks Chemistry

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the properties of quarks and the composition of protons and neutrons.

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • explain that protons and neutrons are made from subatomic particles known as quarks,
  • name the six flavors of quark and the electrical charge associated with each,
  • describe the composition of neutrons and protons in terms of the number of and types of quark,
  • explain how the electrical charges of neutrons and protons result from the specific combination of quarks.

Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

  • the atomic nucleus.

Exclusions

Students will not cover

  • properties of color or strangeness,
  • detailed or quantitative concepts of quarks,
  • Hadrons: baryons (except for protons and neutrons) or mesons,
  • antimatter and antiparticles.

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