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Abstract Title: Quantum Interpretation and Modern Physics Instruction - Curriculum Development and Associated Outcomes
Abstract: A common learning goal for modern physics instructors is for students to recognize a difference between the experimental uncertainty of classical physics and the fundamental uncertainty of quantum mechanics.  Our prior work has shown that student perspectives on the physical interpretation of quantum mechanics can be characterized, and are differentially influenced by the myriad ways instructors approach interpretive themes in their introductory courses.  We demonstrate how a transformed modern physics curriculum (recently implemented at the University of Colorado) can positively impact student perspectives on quantum physics, by making questions of classical and quantum reality a central theme of our course, but also by making the beliefs of our students (and not just those of scientists) an explicit topic of discussion.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Charles Baily
Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
UCB 390
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Phone: 303-817-3126
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah D. Finkelstein
Department of Physics
University of Colorado at Boulder
UCB 390
Boulder, CO 80309-0390