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Forces of Nature

Lab Assignment: Geiger Counter

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Forces of Nature Lab


Goal: To detect and measure radioactivity events

Materials and Procedure

  1. WARNING: This lab requires electrical circuit building skills. If you are not comfortable with complex diagrams and soldering techniques, do not attempt this lab.
  2. Survey the web for plans on how to build a Geiger counter, and chose one that you think you can build. I surveyed about 30. While I am reluctant to recommend a specific one, you may find one of these two useful:

Data Handling

  1. This will depend on your instrumentation.


  1. Standard stuff: You should explain enough that someone else can repeeat your experiment to verify your results.