Lesson Plan: Hadrons Physics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to identify which classes of hadron a given particle belongs to and what the properties of given hadrons are.


Students will be able to

  • recall that a hadron is a composite particle made up of two or more quarks,
  • recall that a meson is a composite particle made up of one quark and one antiquark,
  • recall that a baryon is a composite particle made up of exactly three quarks,
  • recall that a hyperon is a baryon that contains one or more strange quarks, but no charm, top, or bottom quarks,
  • determine, from the composition of a particle, whether or not it is a hadron, a meson, a baryon, or a hyperon,
  • recall that the relative charge for a hadron is the sum of the relative charges of the composite quarks,
  • recall that hadron charges must always sum to an integer.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the names, basic properties, and symbols of all of the quarks and antiquarks.


Students will not cover

  • quark confinement,
  • color charge,
  • gluons,
  • hadronic decays or decays of any kind,
  • Feynman diagrams,
  • baryon number,
  • quark flavour numbers,
  • the conservation of baryon number,
  • mixed particle states.

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