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written by Michael C. Wittmann
This presentation contains the results of a research study on misconceptions students have concerning wave mechanics which represent an obstacle to learning quantum mechanics. Student thinking on classical wave motion and the related mathematics is also examined.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
Modern Physics
- General
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Phase and Group Velocity
= Transfer of Energy in Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Best practice
= Instructor Guide/Manual
- Reference Material
= Report
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- Educators
- Researchers
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© 1997 Michael Wittmann
PER, Power Point, physics education research, report, student thinking, wave mechanics, waves, waves misconceptions
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