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Quantum Mechanics Students' Understanding of Normalization
written by Kevin Lee Watson
Normalization is a particularly important concept within quantum mechanics due to the probabilistic nature of quantum systems. However, students' understanding of normalization has not been an explicit focus in past studies. In this paper, I will present a preliminary framework for students' understanding of mathematical norms and normalization of vectors, using interviews with quantum mechanics students to illustrate how the framework can be used to model and make sense of students' reasoning about the normalization of vectors.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 428-431
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Mathematical Tools
- Vector Algebra
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.102
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K. Watson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14661&DocID=4838).
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K. Watson, Quantum Mechanics Students' Understanding of Normalization, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14661&DocID=4838>.
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Watson, K. (2017, July 26-27). Quantum Mechanics Students' Understanding of Normalization. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved April 8, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14661&DocID=4838
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Watson, Kevin Lee. "Quantum Mechanics Students' Understanding of Normalization." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14661&DocID=4838 (accessed 8 April 2020).
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Watson, Kevin Lee. "Quantum Mechanics Students' Understanding of Normalization." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 428-431 of PER Conference. 8 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14661&DocID=4838>.
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