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Abstract Title: Student Difficulties in Graduate-Level Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: In our work with Physics graduate students at The Ohio State University, we have uncovered a number of common misunderstandings that persist well into graduate Quantum Mechanics. Here we present an overview of difficulties observed over a two-year period. Observations were made in the contexts of weekly pre-post quizzes, beginning and end of semester pre-post tests, classroom interaction during guided group work, and student interviews. In some cases, we merely verify difficulties already identified by other researchers, but in most cases the student difficulties are new. We discuss the differences in students' conceptual understanding and their ability to carry out related calculations, as well as correlations between related misunderstandings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher D. Porter
The Ohio State University
2466 E Livingston Ave
Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: (614) 900-5554
and Co-Presenter(s)
Abigail Bogdan
Andrew Heckler

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