By the mid-1960's, physicists realized that their previous understanding, where all matter is composed of the fundamental protons, neutrons, and electron, was insufficient to explain the myriad new particles being discovered. Gell-Mann's and Zweig's quark theory solved these problems. Over the last thirty years, the theory that is now called the Standard Model of particles and interactions has gradually grown and gained increasing acceptance with new evidence from new particle accelerators.

In this PhysicsQuest you will investigate the Standard Model.


- Visit the links to The Particle Adventure provided for each section and answer the questions.

What is fundamental?

1. This section discusses what is meant by
   fundamental in terms of the constituents of matter. 
   Briefly describe the key ideas given in this section.
2. Discuss the concept of antimatter.
3. What are the three main components of the
   Standard Model?

What is the world made of?

4. How many types of quarks are there and what kind
   of charge do they have?
5. Quarks exist in groups called hadrons. Describe
   the two types of hadrons and what kinds of
   particles do they form.
6. Explain what is meant by the fact that only a very
   small part of the mass of a hadron is due to the
   quarks in it.
7.  How many leptons are there and which are their 
8. Explain why the muon and the tau, are not found in
   ordinary matter at all.
9. What are the characteristics of neutrinos and what
   is their importance related to the expansion of the
10. Draw a chart with the three generations of matter
     clearly labeled.
What holds it together?

11. Name the four fundamental interactions between
12. What is the difference between a force and an
13. Explain the electromagnetic force and who is the
     carrier of this force.
14. Describe the strong force.
15. What are the gluons?
16. Explain what the color charge is and how it is
      assigned to particles, antiparticles and gluons.
17. Describe the weak interactions.
How do we detect what's happening?

18. Explain how physicists apply the concepts of momentum
     and wavelength to study particles.

How do we experiment with tiny particles?

19. How does an accelerator work?
20. How do you obtain electrons, protons and antiparticles?
21. What are the types of collisions that can be produced in accelerators?
22. What is the difference between a linac and a synchrotrons?
23. What are the main advantages of a circular accelerator over a linear
24. Explain what is meant by an event.
25. To analyze the collisions of particles in an event scientists use
      detectors. Explain why are detectors shaped in different forms.
26. Modern detectors consist of different components. Explain what is the
      purpose of having various components.