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University students' reasoning on physical information encoded in quantum state at a point in time
written by Marisa Michelini and Giacomo Zuccarini
Learning quantum mechanics entails adopting a new reference frame for the physical interpretation of the world. The quantum perspective is intrinsically connected with math, which becomes a sort of referent for physical meaning, requiring the employment of new formal structures and a new interpretation of familiar ones. Research evidences that students have difficulty both with concepts and with the use of formalism in qualitative tasks. We administered a 15-item questionnaire focused on incompatibility of observables and related formal structures to 40 physics students of three Italian universities. Semi-structured interviews were scheduled on a subset of students. Results concerning translation processes between math and physical meaning show that most students only look at the square modulus in order to reason on physical information encoded in quantum state, thus neglecting phase relations and their connection with incompatibility.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 187-190
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
= Instructional Issues
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
= Uncertainty Principles
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.043
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01.40.Fk
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03.65.Ca
Keywords:
PERC 2014, incompatible observables, physics education, quantum mechanics, student understanding
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M. Michelini and G. Zuccarini, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13479&DocID=4078).
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M. Michelini and G. Zuccarini, University students' reasoning on physical information encoded in quantum state at a point in time, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13479&DocID=4078>.
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Michelini, M., & Zuccarini, G. (2014, July 30-31). University students' reasoning on physical information encoded in quantum state at a point in time. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13479&DocID=4078
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Michelini, Marisa, and Giacomo Zuccarini. "University students' reasoning on physical information encoded in quantum state at a point in time." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13479&DocID=4078 (accessed 24 October 2021).
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Michelini, Marisa, and Giacomo Zuccarini. "University students' reasoning on physical information encoded in quantum state at a point in time." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 187-190 of PER Conference. 24 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13479&DocID=4078>.
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