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Students' dynamic geometric reasoning about quantum spin-1/2 states
written by
Hunter G. Close,
Catherine C. Schiber,
Eleanor W. Close, and
David Donnelly
Quantum states are traditionally cognitively managed exclusively with algebra rather than geometry. One reason for emphasizing algebra is the high dimensionality of quantum mathematical systems; even spin-1/2 systems require a 2-d complex number space for describing their quantum states, which can be hard to visualize. Using "nested phasor diagrams," which use nesting to increase the dimensionality of graphic space, we taught undergraduate students to represent spin-1/2 states graphically as well as algebraically. In oral exams, students were asked to identify which spin-1/2 states, expressed arithmetically, would generate the same set of probabilities as each other (i.e., they are the same except for a different overall phase factor). Video records of oral exams (N=13) show that no student performed this task successfully using an algebraic method; instead, all successful students solved the problem graphically. Furthermore, most students who were successful used a certain gesture to solve the problem.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013 Pages 93-96
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<a href="http://www.compadre.org/PER/items/detail.cfm?ID=13115">Close, H, C. Schiber, E. Close, and D. Donnelly. "Students' dynamic geometric reasoning about quantum spin-1/2 states." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013.</a>
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H. Close, C. Schiber, E. Close, and D. Donnelly, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13115&DocID=3664).
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H. Close, C. Schiber, E. Close, and D. Donnelly, Students' dynamic geometric reasoning about quantum spin-1/2 states, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13115&DocID=3664>.
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Close, H., Schiber, C., Close, E., & Donnelly, D. (2013, July 17-18). Students' dynamic geometric reasoning about quantum spin-1/2 states. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved May 30, 2016, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13115&DocID=3664
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Close, H, C. Schiber, E. Close, and D. Donnelly. "Students' dynamic geometric reasoning about quantum spin-1/2 states." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13115&DocID=3664 (accessed 30 May 2016).
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Close, Hunter, Catherine Schiber, Eleanor Close, and Dave Donnelly. "Students' dynamic geometric reasoning about quantum spin-1/2 states." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 93-96 of PER Conference. 30 May 2016 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13115&DocID=3664>.
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Series = {PER Conference},
Month = {July 17-18},
Year = {2013}
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