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Abstract Title: Student Understanding of Superposition: Vectors, Waves, and Wave Functions
Abstract: The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington has been examining student understanding of superposition throughout introductory and upper-division courses in physics.  This research has focused on examining student ability to add and subtract vector quantities, classical waves, and the wave functions associated with quantum physics.  We present results from a series of research tasks designed to probe student understanding of superposition in each of these contexts at various points in undergraduate instruction.  In addition, we describe and discuss certain patterns in student reasoning that have been identified across the different tasks, contexts, and courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Paul J Emigh
University of Washington
2528 S 216th Ln
Federal Way, WA 98003
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gina Passante (Cal State Fullerton)
Peter S. Shaffer (University of Washington)

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