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written by Chandralekha Singh and Guangtian Zhu
Development of research-based multiple-choice tests about quantum mechanics is important for assessing students' difficulties and for evaluating curricula and pedagogies that strive to reduce the difficulties. We explore the difficulties that the undergraduate and graduate students have with non-relativistic quantum mechanics of one particle in one spatial dimension. We developed a research-based conceptual multiple-choice survey that targets these issues to obtain information about the common difficulties and administered it to more than a hundred students from seven different institutions. The issues targeted in the survey include the set of possible wavefunctions, bound and scattering states, quantum measurement, expectation values, the role of the Hamiltonian, time-dependence of wavefunction and time-dependence of expectation value. We find that the advanced undergraduate and graduate students have many common difficulties with these concepts and that research-based tutorials and peer-instruction tools can significantly reduce these difficulties. The survey can be administered to assess the effectiveness of various instructional strategies.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 301-304
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
Quantum Physics
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10.1063/1.3515229
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01.40.Fk
01.40.G-
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
learning tools, multiple-choice survey, PERC 2010, quantum mechanics
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C. Singh and G. Zhu, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10484&DocID=1940).
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C. Singh and G. Zhu, Surveying Students’ Understanding of Quantum Mechanics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10484&DocID=1940>.
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Singh, C., & Zhu, G. (2010, July 21-22). Surveying Students’ Understanding of Quantum Mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10484&DocID=1940
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Guangtian Zhu. "Surveying Students’ Understanding of Quantum Mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10484&DocID=1940 (accessed 25 April 2014).
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Guangtian Zhu. "Surveying Students’ Understanding of Quantum Mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 301-304 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 25 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10484&DocID=1940>.
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