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written by Jeffrey T. Morgan, Michael C. Wittmann, and John R. Thompson
Members of the University of Maine Physics Education Research Laboratory are studying student understanding of the phenomenon of quantum tunneling through a potential barrier, a standard topic in most introductory quantum physics courses. When a series of interviews revealed that many students believe energy is lost in the tunneling process, a survey was designed to investigate the prevalence of the energy-loss idea. This survey was administered to populations of physics majors at the sophomore and senior levels. Data indicate that interview results are shared by a somewhat larger population of students and give insight into additional models of reasoning (e.g. analogies to macroscopic tunnels) not found in the interviews.
Physics Education Research Conference 2003
Part of the PER Conference series
Madison, WI: August 6-7, 2003
Volume 720, Pages 97-100
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10.1063/1.1807263
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01.40.Di
Keywords:
PERC 2003, eaching, human factors, quantum theory, student understanding, tunnelling
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Metadata instance created July 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Morgan, M. Wittmann, and J. Thompson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, 2003, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2747&DocID=3420).
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J. Morgan, M. Wittmann, and J. Thompson, Student Understanding of Tunneling in Quantum Mechanics: Examining Interview and Survey Results for Clues to Student Reasoning, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, 2003, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2747&DocID=3420>.
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Morgan, J., Wittmann, M., & Thompson, J. (2003, August 6-7). Student Understanding of Tunneling in Quantum Mechanics: Examining Interview and Survey Results for Clues to Student Reasoning. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2747&DocID=3420
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Morgan, J, M. Wittmann, and J. Thompson. "Student Understanding of Tunneling in Quantum Mechanics: Examining Interview and Survey Results for Clues to Student Reasoning." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, August 6-7, 2003. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2747&DocID=3420 (accessed 18 December 2014).
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Morgan, Jeffrey, Michael Wittmann, and John Thompson. "Student Understanding of Tunneling in Quantum Mechanics: Examining Interview and Survey Results for Clues to Student Reasoning." Physics Education Research Conference 2003. Madison, WI: 2003. 97-100 Vol. 720 of PER Conference. 18 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2747&DocID=3420>.
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