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Abstract Title: Optimization of simulations and activities for a new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum
Abstract: The Institute of Physics New Quantum Curriculum ( consists of online texts and interactive simulations with accompanying activities for an introductory course in quantum mechanics starting from two-level systems. We describe methods used to optimize the simulations and activities in terms of clarity, ease-of-use, promoting exploration, sense-making and linking of multiple representations. During observation sessions, students were asked to think aloud while exploring simulations and working on the associated activities and then respond to follow-up survey questions. Responses and feedback were also gathered from students at two institutions where a small number of simulations were incorporated into assigned homework or used during classroom workshops. We describe general principles for the design of simulations and activities found as outcomes of this work which we have incorporated wherever applicable. These include intuitive controls and on-demand text in the simulations and making explicit links between mathematical and physical representations in simulations and activities.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Antje Kohnle
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, Non U.S. KY16 9SS
Phone: 0044 1334 463195
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Baily, Christopher Hooley, Bruce Torrance
University of St Andrews

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