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Abstract Title: Cognitive Issues and Appraoches to Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Learning quantum mechanics is challenging. Our group is investigating cognitive issues in learning quantum mechanics and developing quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs) and tools for peer-instruction based upon cognitive task analysis. Many of the tutorials employ computer-based visualization tools to help students take advantage of multiple representations and develop better intuition about quantum phenomena.  We will discuss the aspects of the cognitive design of the quantum mechanics curriculum that are similar or different from introductory courses and discuss why the analysis of cognitive issues is important for bridging the gap between quantitative and conceptual aspects of quantum mechanics.

Supported by the NSF-PHY-0653129 and 055434.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Cognitive Issues in Developing Curriculum for Upper-Level Physics Courses
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
University of Pittsburgh
and Co-Presenter(s)
Guangtian Zhu, University of Pittsburgh