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Spin First instructional approach to teaching quantum mechanics in sophomore level modern physics courses
written by Homeyra R. Sadaghiani and James Munteanu
As part of ongoing research in teaching and learning quantum mechanics using the Spin First approach, we are investigating student learning of basic introductory quantum concepts in sophomore level Modern Physics courses at Cal Poly Pomona in two different contexts. In one (perhaps more traditional) approach, postulates of quantum mechanics are introduced in the context of spatial wavefunctions of particles in simple potential wells; the second approach uses a Stern-Gerlach experimental context, with discrete bases of spin. Here, we compare student performances on a subset of Quantum Mechanics Concept Assessment (QMCA) posttest. We will share the results and discuss the implications for instructors of introductory quantum courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 287-290
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
Quantum Physics
- Bound State Systems
- Spin and Finite Dimensional Systems
= Stern-Gerlach Experiment
- Lower Undergraduate
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H. Sadaghiani and J. Munteanu, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13956&DocID=4343).
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H. Sadaghiani and J. Munteanu, Spin First instructional approach to teaching quantum mechanics in sophomore level modern physics courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13956&DocID=4343>.
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Sadaghiani, H., & Munteanu, J. (2015, July 29-30). Spin First instructional approach to teaching quantum mechanics in sophomore level modern physics courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13956&DocID=4343
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Sadaghiani, Homeyra, and James Munteanu. "Spin First instructional approach to teaching quantum mechanics in sophomore level modern physics courses." 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=13956&DocID=4343 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Sadaghiani, Homeyra, and James Munteanu. "Spin First instructional approach to teaching quantum mechanics in sophomore level modern physics courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 287-290 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13956&DocID=4343>.
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