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Student difficulties with finding the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom using degenerate perturbation theory
written by Chandralekha Singh, Emily Marshman, and Christof Keebaugh
We discuss an investigation of student difficulties with the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom in the context of degenerate perturbation theory (DPT). The investigation was carried out in advanced quantum mechanics courses by administering free-response and multiple-choice questions and conducting individual interviews with students. We discuss the common student difficulties related to these concepts. These findings provide guidelines for creating learning tools to help students develop a functional understanding of concepts involving the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of a hydrogen atom.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 372-375
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Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
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Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
= Rayleigh-Schrodinger Perturbation Theory
- Bound State Systems
= Hydrogen Atom
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.088
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C. Singh, E. Marshman, and C. Keebaugh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14648&DocID=4825).
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C. Singh, E. Marshman, and C. Keebaugh, Student difficulties with finding the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom using degenerate perturbation theory, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14648&DocID=4825>.
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Singh, C., Marshman, E., & Keebaugh, C. (2017, July 26-27). Student difficulties with finding the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom using degenerate perturbation theory. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved April 8, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14648&DocID=4825
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Singh, C, E. Marshman, and C. Keebaugh. "Student difficulties with finding the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom using degenerate perturbation theory." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14648&DocID=4825 (accessed 8 April 2020).
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Singh, Chandralekha, Emily Marshman, and Christof Keebaugh. "Student difficulties with finding the fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom using degenerate perturbation theory." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 372-375 of PER Conference. 8 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14648&DocID=4825>.
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