The Visualization and Measurements of Mass Functions with LEGO
Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society
Astronomy data visualization, Stellar mass functions, Initial mass function, Interdisciplinary astronomy, Pareto distribution, Mass ratio
We promote the concept of mass functions for interdisciplinary science education and communication. A mass function characterizes the frequency distribution of the masses of objects in the universe. We present an experiment to demonstrate this concept to a diverse audience of science students, using popular LEGO toys. We discovered that the LEGO mass function is surprisingly similar compared to mass functions of astronomical objects such as stars and galaxies.
Hansotia, K. K., & Kautsch, S. (2020). The Visualization and Measurements of Mass Functions with LEGO. Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 4, (6), 134 - . https://doi.org/10.3847/2515-5172/abad29. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cnso_chemphys_facarticles/276