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written by Charles Baily and Noah D. Finkelstein
A common learning goal for modern physics instructors is for students to recognize a difference between the experimental uncertainty of classical physics and the fundamental uncertainty of quantum mechanics. Our prior work has shown that student perspectives on the physical interpretation of quantum mechanics can be characterized, and are differentially influenced by the myriad ways instructors approach interpretive themes in their introductory courses. We report how a transformed modern physics curriculum (recently implemented at the University of Colorado) has positively impacted student perspectives on quantum physics, by making questions of classical and quantum reality a central theme of the course, but also by making the beliefs of students (and not just those of scientists) an explicit topic of discussion.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 107-110
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3680005
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A preprint of the work is available. A hard copy of the PERC 2011 proceedings is available for purchase from the AIP.
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3680005
NSF Number:
0448176
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
03.65.Aa
01.40.Di
Keywords:
PERC 2011, curriculum development, modern physics instruction, physics education research, quantum physics
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Metadata instance created August 25, 2011 by Charles Baily
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C. Baily and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11423&DocID=2405).
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C. Baily and N. Finkelstein, Interpretive Themes in Quantum Physics: Curriculum Development and Outcomes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11423&DocID=2405>.
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Baily, C., & Finkelstein, N. (2011, August 3-4). Interpretive Themes in Quantum Physics: Curriculum Development and Outcomes. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11423&DocID=2405
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Baily, Charles, and Noah Finkelstein. "Interpretive Themes in Quantum Physics: Curriculum Development and Outcomes." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11423&DocID=2405 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Baily, Charles, and Noah Finkelstein. "Interpretive Themes in Quantum Physics: Curriculum Development and Outcomes." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 107-110 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11423&DocID=2405>.
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