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written by Elizabeth Gire and Corinne A. Manogue
Operators play a central role in the formalism of quantum mechanics. In particular, operators corresponding to observables encode important information about the results of quantum measurements. We interviewed upper-level undergraduate physics majors about their understanding of the role of operators in quantum measurements. Previous studies have shown that many students think of measurements on quantum systems as being deterministic and that measurements mathematically correspond to operators acting on the initial quantum state. This study is consistent with and expands on those results. We report on how two students make sense of a quantum measurement problem involving sequential measurements and the role that the eigenvalue equation plays in this sense-making.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 195-198
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3680028
NSF Numbers:
0837829
1023120
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
03.65.Xp
Keywords:
Measurements, PERC 2011, Quantum Mechanics, Sense-making, Upper Division
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E. Gire and C. Manogue, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11845&DocID=2696).
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E. Gire and C. Manogue, Making sense of quantum operators, eigenstates and quantum measurements, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11845&DocID=2696>.
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Gire, E., & Manogue, C. (2011, August 3-4). Making sense of quantum operators, eigenstates and quantum measurements. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11845&DocID=2696
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Gire, Elizabeth, and Corinne Manogue. "Making sense of quantum operators, eigenstates and quantum measurements." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11845&DocID=2696 (accessed 21 December 2014).
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Gire, Elizabeth, and Corinne Manogue. "Making sense of quantum operators, eigenstates and quantum measurements." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 195-198 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11845&DocID=2696>.
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