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Student understanding of potential, wavefunctions and the Jacobian in hydrogen in graduate-level quantum mechanics
written by C. D. Porter, Abigail M. Bogdan, and Andrew F. Heckler
This study examined student difficulties related to the potential in the hydrogen atom, and the corresponding ground state, with special attention paid to the role of the Jacobian. The study focused on a population of graduate students at The Ohio State University, and their ability to (1) sketch the approximate potential and radial part of the ground state wavefunction in hydrogen, and (2) their ability to relate this prerequisite knowledge to another relevant quantity: the Bohr radius. Student responses to a sequence of three questions were obtained at the beginning and end of the students' final semester of graduate quantum mechanics. Several prevalent difficulties were identified that persisted to the end of the course, including an inability to sketch the above-mentioned basic features of hydrogen, and a lack of understanding of the Bohr radius.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 244-247
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Education - Basic Research
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Quantum Physics
- Bound State Systems
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- Foundations and Measurements
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2016.pr.056
NSF Number:
1420451
Keywords:
PERC 2016, Radial Wavefunction
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Metadata instance created November 30, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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December 30, 2016 by Bruce Mason
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C. Porter, A. Bogdan, and A. Heckler, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14239&DocID=4593).
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C. Porter, A. Bogdan, and A. Heckler, Student understanding of potential, wavefunctions and the Jacobian in hydrogen in graduate-level quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14239&DocID=4593>.
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Porter, C., Bogdan, A., & Heckler, A. (2016, July 20-21). Student understanding of potential, wavefunctions and the Jacobian in hydrogen in graduate-level quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved April 30, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14239&DocID=4593
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Porter, C, A. Bogdan, and A. Heckler. "Student understanding of potential, wavefunctions and the Jacobian in hydrogen in graduate-level quantum mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14239&DocID=4593 (accessed 30 April 2017).
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Porter, C. D., Abigail Bogdan, and Andrew F. Heckler. "Student understanding of potential, wavefunctions and the Jacobian in hydrogen in graduate-level quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 244-247 of PER Conference. 30 Apr. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14239&DocID=4593>.
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