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Abstract Title: Student Understanding of Period in Introductory and Quantum Physics Courses
Abstract: Time dependence is an important, but difficult, concept in quantum mechanics.  The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington has been examining student ability to reason about the period of quantum states.  As part of this investigation, we are probing introductory students' understanding of period in the contexts of phasors and circular motion.  We present data of student performance on related problems administered in an introductory mechanics course, an introductory optics course, and a sophomore-level quantum mechanics course.  In addition, we discuss implications of the results for the development of curriculum (Tutorials in Physics: Quantum Mechanics) intended to improve student understanding of time dependence in quantum mechanics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tong Wan
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
and Co-Presenter(s)
Paul J. Emigh, University of Washington
Gina Passante, California State University, Fullerton
Peter S. Shaffer, University of Washington