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written by Gina Passante, Paul J. Emigh, and Peter S. Shaffer
Recent research suggests that many students complete an undergraduate course on quantum mechanics without having developed a solid understanding of some important fundamental concepts. We are probing the ability of students to apply foundational ideas in quantum mechanics in a variety of contexts, including the complex problem of time-dependent perturbation theory. Based on student responses to lecture post-tests, tutorial pretests and post-tests, as well as individual student interviews, we are identifying persistent difficulties that students have in applying basic ideas about energy measurements and the time evolution of both energy eigenstates and superpositions of energy eigenstates. The results are guiding the creation and revision of tutorials on topics students typically encounter in the second half of their undergraduate instruction on quantum mechanics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 269-272
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Tutorial
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
= Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
- Foundations and Measurements
= Eigenstates
= Time Dependence
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.055
NSF Number:
1022449
PACSs:
01.40.G-
03.65.Ta
03.65.-w
Keywords:
PERC 2013, perturbation theory, quantum mechanics, student understanding, upper division
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G. Passante, P. Emigh, and P. Shaffer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13180&DocID=3727).
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G. Passante, P. Emigh, and P. Shaffer, Investigating student understanding of basic quantum mechanics in the context of time-dependent perturbation theory, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13180&DocID=3727>.
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Passante, G., Emigh, P., & Shaffer, P. (2013, July 17-18). Investigating student understanding of basic quantum mechanics in the context of time-dependent perturbation theory. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13180&DocID=3727
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Passante, G, P. Emigh, and P. Shaffer. "Investigating student understanding of basic quantum mechanics in the context of time-dependent perturbation theory." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13180&DocID=3727 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Passante, Gina, Paul Emigh, and Peter Shaffer. "Investigating student understanding of basic quantum mechanics in the context of time-dependent perturbation theory." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 269-272 of PER Conference. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13180&DocID=3727>.
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