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How students apply linear algebra to quantum mechanics
written by Charlotte Hillebrand-Viljoen and Spencer Wheaton
This paper describes a framework for how students apply linear algebra to quantum mechanics based on a survey of 61 students at various levels. The framework divides mathematics into calculational and value-assigning parts in contrast to storytelling parts, which are concerned with the relationships between objects. We apply this to student understanding in the context of linear algebra and quantum mechanics, and give some implications for instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
Mathematical Tools
- Linear Algebra and Tensors
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
= Wave Functions
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Hillebrand-Viljoen
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PERC 2018
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Hillebrand-Viljoen and S. Wheaton, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14797&DocID=4944).
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C. Hillebrand-Viljoen and S. Wheaton, How students apply linear algebra to quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14797&DocID=4944>.
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Hillebrand-Viljoen, C., & Wheaton, S. (2018, August 1-2). How students apply linear algebra to quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14797&DocID=4944
Chicago Format
Hillebrand-Viljoen, Charlotte, and Spencer Wheaton. "How students apply linear algebra to quantum mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14797&DocID=4944 (accessed 3 March 2021).
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Hillebrand-Viljoen, Charlotte, and Spencer Wheaton. "How students apply linear algebra to quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14797&DocID=4944>.
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