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Investigating transfer of learning in advanced quantum mechanics
written by Alexandru Maries, Ryan Sayer, and Chandralekha Singh
Research suggests that students often have difficulty transferring their learning from one context to another. We examine upper-level undergraduate and graduate students' facility with questions about the interference pattern in the double-slit experiment (DSE) with single photons and polarizers of various orientations placed in front of one or both slits. Before answering these types of questions, students had worked through a tutorial on the Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) in which they learned about interference of single photons when polarizers of various orientations are placed in the two paths of the MZI. After working on the MZI tutorial, students were asked similar questions in the isomorphic context of the DSE. We discuss the extent to which they were able to transfer what they learned in the context of the MZI to analogous problems in the isomorphic context of the DSE.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 207-210
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Learning Theory
= Transfer
- Problem Solving
Quantum Physics
- Entanglement and Quantum Information
- Quantum Experiments
- Spin and Finite Dimensional Systems
= Polarization
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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A. Maries, R. Sayer, and C. Singh, Investigating transfer of learning in advanced quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13872&DocID=4290>.
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Maries, A., Sayer, R., & Singh, C. (2015, July 29-30). Investigating transfer of learning in advanced quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13872&DocID=4290
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Maries, A, R. Sayer, and C. Singh. "Investigating transfer of learning in advanced quantum mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13872&DocID=4290 (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Maries, Alexandru, Ryan Sayer, and Chandralekha Singh. "Investigating transfer of learning in advanced quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 207-210 of PER Conference. 18 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13872&DocID=4290>.
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