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Student understanding of quantum mechanical expectation values in two different curricula
written by Homeyra R. Sadaghiani, Gina Passante, and Steven J. Pollock
As part of ongoing research to better understand how students relate Quantum Mechanics concepts to formalisms, we are studying student understanding of expectation values as well as the variety of mathematical representations they use for formalizing them in two different teaching paradigms. Analyzing students' written responses to a series of open-ended research questions has given us some insight into students' common interpretations of this concept, as well as the frequency of the various mathematical formalisms they use to represent expectation values. The results show some common patterns between students in Spin First (SF) and Position First (PF) curricular, as well as some differences.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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H. Sadaghiani, G. Passante, and S. Pollock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14849&DocID=4996).
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H. Sadaghiani, G. Passante, and S. Pollock, Student understanding of quantum mechanical expectation values in two different curricula, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14849&DocID=4996>.
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Sadaghiani, H., Passante, G., & Pollock, S. (2018, August 1-2). Student understanding of quantum mechanical expectation values in two different curricula. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved August 23, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14849&DocID=4996
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Sadaghiani, H, G. Passante, and S. Pollock. "Student understanding of quantum mechanical expectation values in two different curricula." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14849&DocID=4996 (accessed 23 August 2019).
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Sadaghiani, Homeyra, Gina Passante, and Steven Pollock. "Student understanding of quantum mechanical expectation values in two different curricula." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 23 Aug. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14849&DocID=4996>.
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