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written by Catherine C. Schiber, Hunter G. Close, Eleanor W. Close, and David Donnelly
We explain the appropriate use of pipe cleaners to represent quantum wave functions in terms of material anchors. We then analyze the actions of one undergraduate quantum mechanics student in an oral exam situation with two related tasks, both involving the visualization of a 3-d structure to represent the real and imaginary parts of the wave function on one spatial coordinate. Instruction before the exam included several in-class activities involving building 3-d representations of wave functions for several potentials using pipe cleaners. Though the oral exam did not specify that students should or should not use pipe cleaners, the student in this analysis brought and used them successfully during the exam. Analysis of the students' use of this tool shows promise of benefit to future students in a more highly structured environment of instruction and assessment.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 325-328
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- Behavior
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- Problem Solving
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Education Practices
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= Activity
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
= Time Dependence
= Wave Functions
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.069
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2013, gesture, quantum mechanics, spatial cognition
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C. Schiber, H. Close, E. Close, and D. Donnelly, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13161&DocID=3708).
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C. Schiber, H. Close, E. Close, and D. Donnelly, Student use of a material anchor for quantum wave functions presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13161&DocID=3708>.
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Schiber, C., Close, H., Close, E., & Donnelly, D. (2013, July 17-18). Student use of a material anchor for quantum wave functions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13161&DocID=3708
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Schiber, C, H. Close, E. Close, and D. Donnelly. "Student use of a material anchor for quantum wave functions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13161&DocID=3708 (accessed 23 July 2014).
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Schiber, Catherine, Hunter Close, Eleanor Close, and Dave Donnelly. "Student use of a material anchor for quantum wave functions." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 325-328 of PER Conference. 23 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13161&DocID=3708>.
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