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American Journal of Physics
written by Chandralekha Singh
We investigate the difficulties of advanced undergraduate students toward the end of a full year upper-level quantum mechanics course with concepts related to quantum measurements and time development. Our analysis is based upon a test administered to 89 students from six universities and interviews with 9 students. Strikingly, most students shared the same difficulties despite variations in background, teaching styles, and textbooks. Concepts related to stationary states, eigenstates, and time dependence of expectation values were found to be particularly difficult. An analysis of written tests and interviews suggests that widespread misconceptions originate from an inability to discriminate between related concepts and a tendency to overgeneralize.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 69, Issue 8, Pages 885-895
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alternative conception, quantum mechanics, quantum theory, teaching
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C. Singh, Am. J. Phys. 69 (8), 885 (2001), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1365404).
C. Singh, Student understanding of quantum mechanics, Am. J. Phys. 69 (8), 885 (2001), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1365404>.
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Singh, C. (2001, August 1). Student understanding of quantum mechanics. Am. J. Phys., 69(8), 885-895. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1365404
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Singh, Chandralekha. "Student understanding of quantum mechanics." Am. J. Phys. 69, no. 8, (August 1, 2001): 885-895, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1365404 (accessed 23 November 2020).
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Singh, Chandralekha. "Student understanding of quantum mechanics." Am. J. Phys. 69.8 (2001): 885-895. 23 Nov. 2020 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1365404>.
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