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American Journal of Physics
written by Lei Bao and Edward F. Redish
Probability plays a critical role in making sense of quantum physics, but most science and engineering undergraduates have very little experience with the topic. A probabilistic interpretation of a physical system, even at a classical level, is often completely new to them, and the relevant fundamental concepts such as the probability distribution and probability density are rarely understood. To address these difficulties and to help students build a model of how to think about probability in physical systems, we have developed a set of hands-on tutorial activities appropriate for use in a modern physics course for engineers. We discuss some student difficulties with probability concepts and an instructional approach that uses a random picture metaphor and digital video technology.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 70, Issue 3, Pages 210-217
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© 2002 American Journal of Physics
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10.1119/1.1447541
Keywords:
normal distribution, quantum theory, teaching
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Metadata instance created June 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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L. Bao and E. Redish, Am. J. Phys. 70 (3), 210 (2002), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1447541).
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L. Bao and E. Redish, Understanding probabilistic interpretations of physical systems: A prerequisite to learning quantum physics Am. J. Phys. 70 (3), 210 (2002), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1447541>.
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Bao, L., & Redish, E. (2002, March 1). Understanding probabilistic interpretations of physical systems: A prerequisite to learning quantum physics. Am. J. Phys., 70(3), 210-217. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1447541
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Bao, Lei, and Edward F. Redish. "Understanding probabilistic interpretations of physical systems: A prerequisite to learning quantum physics." Am. J. Phys. 70, no. 3, (March 1, 2002): 210-217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1447541 (accessed 20 August 2014).
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Bao, Lei, and Edward F. Redish. "Understanding probabilistic interpretations of physical systems: A prerequisite to learning quantum physics." Am. J. Phys. 70.3 (2002): 210-217. 20 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1447541>.
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