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Optimization of Simulations and Activities for a New Introductory Quantum Mechanics Curriculum 

written by Antje Kohnle, Charles Baily, Christopher Hooley, and Bruce Torrance

The Institute of Physics New Quantum Curriculum (quantumphysics.iop.org) consists of online texts and interactive simulations with accompanying activities for an introductory course in quantum mechanics starting from two-level systems. Observation sessions and analysis of homework and survey responses from in-class trials were used to optimize the simulations and activities in terms of clarity, ease-of-use, promoting exploration, sense-making and linking of multiple representations. This work led to revisions of simulations and activities and general design principles which have been incorporated wherever applicable. This article describes the optimization of one of the simulation controls and the refinement of activities to help students make direct connections between multiple representations.

Published February 1, 2014
Last Modified February 1, 2014

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