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Student perceptions of math-physics interactions throughout spins-first quantum mechanics
written by Benjamin P. Schermerhorn, Armando Villasenor, Darwin Del Agunos, Homeyra R. Sadaghiani, Gina Passante, and Steven J. Pollock
One of the purported benefits of teaching a spins-first approach to quantum mechanics is that it allows students to build up quantum mechanical ideas and learn postulates before moving to the more complicated mathematics used in the context of wave functions. In order to begin to explore this claim in a spins-first course, a survey was developed and administered as an extra credit activity at three different universities. All three universities teach spins-first quantum mechanics with interactive methods. This work compares students' responses to identical questions about the relationship between and difficulty of math and physics from two administrations of the survey given at the ends of the spins and wave functions portions of the course. Results offer insight into students' perspectives about the nature and difficulty of mathematics in these two paradigms of quantum mechanics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Spin and Finite Dimensional Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
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10.1119/perc.2019.pr.Schermerhorn
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B. Schermerhorn, A. Villasenor, D. Agunos, H. Sadaghiani, G. Passante, and S. Pollock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15323&DocID=5235).
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B. Schermerhorn, A. Villasenor, D. Agunos, H. Sadaghiani, G. Passante, and S. Pollock, Student perceptions of math-physics interactions throughout spins-first quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15323&DocID=5235>.
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Schermerhorn, B., Villasenor, A., Agunos, D., Sadaghiani, H., Passante, G., & Pollock, S. (2019, July 24-25). Student perceptions of math-physics interactions throughout spins-first quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved August 9, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15323&DocID=5235
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Schermerhorn, B, A. Villasenor, D. Agunos, H. Sadaghiani, G. Passante, and S. Pollock. "Student perceptions of math-physics interactions throughout spins-first quantum mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15323&DocID=5235 (accessed 9 August 2020).
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Schermerhorn, Benjamin P., Armando Villasenor, Darwin Del Agunos, Homeyra Sadaghiani, Gina Passante, and Steven Pollock. "Student perceptions of math-physics interactions throughout spins-first quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 9 Aug. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15323&DocID=5235>.
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