This model helps to illustrate the concept of a quadrupole magnet, used extensively in particle colliders. This is designed to be accessible to the visually impaired, and can be used for both them and sighted students.
Overview and Background
Quadrupole magnets are an important part of particle accelerators, as they are used to focus the beam of particles. This model shows how there are four poles to the magnet, and how it can be used to focus particle beams. The quadrupole only focusses in one plane at a time, which can be seen from the beam piece. This is designed as a jigsaw, so students can fix the magnet for themselves. The pink and blue halves represent north and south poles of the magnet, as does the presence of either nobbles or dips.
Left - assembled quadrupole. Right - assembled dipole (see https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3011968 )
Lesson Plan and Activity
Tactile Collider: Magnets
This object forms a part of the Magnets station in the Tactile Collider project. Other resources and full lesson plan ideas can be found at our website: www.tactilecollider.uk