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Abstract Title: Instructor Expectations of Undergraduate Students Entering Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Characterizing faculty expectations is important to produce a comprehensive understanding of what knowledge and skills students should acquire before and during a quantum mechanics course (QMC). We describe interviews conducted with faculty members in the Physics & Astronomy Department of Georgia State University.  These interviews probe faculty members expectations of senior undergraduate students background in mathematics, physics, and quantum mechanics concepts before entering a QMC. The interviews we conducted may provide students with a "map" for areas that will help strengthen the knowledge and skills obtained in their QMC. We will report on faculty members views on optimal preparation for an undergraduate student entering a QMC and appropriate learning goals for a student completing a QMC.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher Oakley
Georgia State Unversity
Suite 400 Science Annex
29 PEachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-6056
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
John M. Aiken - Georgia State University
Brian D. Thoms - Georgia State University