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Designing, validating, and contrasting conceptual quantum mechanics questions for spin states and spatial wave functions
written by Steven J. Pollock, Homeyra R. Sadaghiani, Adam Quaal, and Gina Passante
Student understanding of quantum mechanics is a topic of increasing interest to physics education researchers. One goal is to investigate differences in performance in various popular instructional paradigms. Towards this end, we have modified an existing, validated, conceptual multiple-choice assessment to include questions explicitly framed in two "contexts": spin states (typically using Dirac notation) and position (spatial wave functions represented in position space.) We discuss the development of new questions, and present preliminary results on student performance on questions which contrast related conceptual ideas. Our data come from "spinsfirst" instructional contexts. This effort serves as an initial validation for the new questions, provides insights into differing responses, and forms a basis for future work to allow instructors to tune assessment questions to best match and inform their own instructional environment choices.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
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- Research Design & Methodology
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Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
= Wave Functions
- Spin and Finite Dimensional Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Pollock, H. Sadaghiani, A. Quaal, and G. Passante, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14840&DocID=4987).
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S. Pollock, H. Sadaghiani, A. Quaal, and G. Passante, Designing, validating, and contrasting conceptual quantum mechanics questions for spin states and spatial wave functions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14840&DocID=4987>.
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Pollock, S., Sadaghiani, H., Quaal, A., & Passante, G. (2018, August 1-2). Designing, validating, and contrasting conceptual quantum mechanics questions for spin states and spatial wave functions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14840&DocID=4987
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Pollock, S, H. Sadaghiani, A. Quaal, and G. Passante. "Designing, validating, and contrasting conceptual quantum mechanics questions for spin states and spatial wave functions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14840&DocID=4987 (accessed 29 September 2020).
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Pollock, Steven, Homeyra Sadaghiani, Adam Quaal, and Gina Passante. "Designing, validating, and contrasting conceptual quantum mechanics questions for spin states and spatial wave functions." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 29 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14840&DocID=4987>.
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