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The Visualization and Measurements of Mass Functions with LEGO

By Kyle K. Hansotia and Stefan J. Kautsch


We intend to 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.Comment: Four pages, one figure. Published by the Research Notes of the AAS; improved infographic, findings unchange

Topics: Physics - Popular Physics, Physics - Physics Education
Publisher: 'American Astronomical Society'
Year: 2021
DOI identifier: 10.3847/2515-5172/abad29
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