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Abstract Title: Student understanding of time-dependence in spins-first Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Undergraduate quantum mechanics is typically taught using either a position-first or spins-first instructional paradigm.  Over the last decade, a number of physics education researchers have been investigating student learning and developing research-based curriculum in quantum mechanics.  However, much of this research has been performed in position-first classrooms.  In this work we investigate student learning of time dependence in spins-first classrooms and compare the difficulties observed to those previously reported based on research in position-first contexts.  This knowledge will inform the development and/or the adaptation of materials suitable for spins-first instruction.
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Primary Contact: Gina Passante
California State University Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 657-278-7403

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