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written by Guangtian Zhu and Chandralekha Singh
The Stern Gerlach experiment has played a central role in the discovery of spin angular momentum and it has also played a pivotal role in elucidating foundational issues in quantum mechanics. Here, we discuss investigation of students' difficulties related to the Stern Gerlach experiment by giving written tests and interviewing advanced undergraduate and graduate students in quantum mechanics. We also discuss preliminary data that suggest that the Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorial (QuILT) related to the Stern Gerlach experiment is helpful in improving students' understanding of these concepts.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 309-312
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General Physics
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Quantum Physics
- Spin and Finite Dimensional Systems
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266744
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0653129
055434
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01.40.gb
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PERC 2009, Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorial (QuILT), Stern Gerlach, conceptual understanding, interview, quantum mechanics, spin angular momentum
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G. Zhu and C. Singh, Students’ Understanding of Stern Gerlach Experiment, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9513&DocID=1388>.
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Zhu, G., & Singh, C. (2009, July 29-30). Students’ Understanding of Stern Gerlach Experiment. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved October 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9513&DocID=1388
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Zhu, Guangtian, and Chandralekha Singh. "Students’ Understanding of Stern Gerlach Experiment." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9513&DocID=1388 (accessed 21 October 2014).
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Zhu, Guangtian, and Chandralekha Singh. "Students’ Understanding of Stern Gerlach Experiment." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 309-312 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 21 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9513&DocID=1388>.
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