European Journal of Physics
Astronomy data visualization, Stellar mass function, Initialmass function, Interdisciplinary astronomy, Pareto distribution, Massratio
We promote the teaching of mass functions as an integral part of an interdisciplinary science education. Mass functions characterize the frequency distributions of objects with different masses on all cosmic scales. We intend to enhance experiential learning of this concept with a creative LEGO brick experiment for a diverse student audience. To our surprise, the LEGO mass function is not only qualitatively but also quantitatively comparable to mass functions found across the universe. We also discuss the relation between gravitation and mass distributions as a possible explanation for the continuity of the universal mass function.
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Kautsch, S. (2021). The pedagogical representation of mass functions with LEGO and their origin. European Journal of Physics, 1 - 12. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/abe75c. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cnso_chemphys_facarticles/287
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