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written by Karen Wosilait, Paula R. L. Heron, Peter S. Shaffer, and Lillian C. McDermott
This article illustrates the use of research as a basis for the development of curriculum on physical optics. Evidence is presented that university students who have studied physics at the introductory level and beyond often do not have a functional understanding of the wave model for light. Identification and analysis of student difficulties guided the design of a set of tutorials to supplement instruction in a standard calculus-based or algebra-based course. Ongoing assessment was an integral part of the curriculum development process. The instructional materials that resulted have proved to be effective at helping students construct and apply a basic wave model for light.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 67, Issue S1, Pages S5-S15
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10.1119/1.19083
Keywords:
light diffraction, light interference, physical optics, teaching
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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K. Wosilait, P. Heron, P. Shaffer, and L. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 67 (S1), S5 (1999), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19083).
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K. Wosilait, P. Heron, P. Shaffer, and L. McDermott, Addressing student difficulties in applying a wave model to the interference and diffraction of light, Am. J. Phys. 67 (S1), S5 (1999), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19083>.
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Wosilait, K., Heron, P., Shaffer, P., & McDermott, L. (1999, July 1). Addressing student difficulties in applying a wave model to the interference and diffraction of light. Am. J. Phys., 67(S1), S5-S15. Retrieved October 21, 2019, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19083
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Wosilait, K, P. Heron, P. Shaffer, and L. McDermott. "Addressing student difficulties in applying a wave model to the interference and diffraction of light." Am. J. Phys. 67, no. S1, (July 1, 1999): S5-S15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19083 (accessed 21 October 2019).
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Wosilait, Karen, Paula Heron, Peter Shaffer, and Lillian C. McDermott. "Addressing student difficulties in applying a wave model to the interference and diffraction of light." Am. J. Phys. 67.S1 (1999): S5-S15. 21 Oct. 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19083>.
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