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Abstract Title: Student difficulties with expectation values in quantum mechanics
Abstract: To investigate the difficulties that upper-level undergraduate and graduate students have with expectation values of physical observables in the context of Dirac notation, we administered free-response and multiple-choice questions and conducted individual interviews with students. We find that advanced students display common difficulties with expectation values. Results will be discussed. We thank the National Science Foundation for support.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
university of pittsburgh
3941 Ohara st
pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 4126837128
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Marshman