Nobel-Prize Material in the Introductory College Labs
A lab curriculum that includes excellent out-of-the box experiments provides the best opportunity for students to learn to apply principles of physics to their fields of study. Well-designed Nobel-Prize-material experiments can help breed curiosity within the students by providing a useful context for students to learn about exciting science. A curious nature is extremely valuable toward engineering students, pre-life science students, and basic science students who are required to take physics courses with labs in college. We developed a lab experiment at West Virginia University based on the 2004 Noble Prize material in physics that discovered the mechanism of the interaction between quarks inside the protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are inside every atom and atoms make our bodies and everything else around us.
Keywords - Critical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum - College Labs