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Investigating and Improving Student Understanding of Quantum Mechanics Using Research-Validated Clicker Question Sequences and Tutorials
written by Peter Tianyi Hu
Quantum mechanics is notoriously challenging, and research has found that students struggle with many common difficulties when learning it. It is also proving to be a critical piece of many exciting fields that are all but assured to see great development and expansion in the coming years; the Second Quantum Revolution is upon us. Quantum information science and engineering is a rapidly unfolding field, requiring talent from many disciplines, that aims to leverage the potential of quantum systems for many practical applications. To prepare students for the opportunities afforded by these advances, a strong foundation in quantum mechanics is essential. The work that I present in this dissertation is focused on helping students achieve this understanding. By investigating the common difficulties that students have in key concepts related to quantum mechanics and quantum computing, a guiding framework can be established and followed to develop research-validated, active-engagement instructional tools. These tools include Clicker Question Sequences (CQSs) on (1) the basics of two-state quantum systems, and changing basis in two-state systems; (2) time-development of two-state systems; (3) quantum measurement of two-state systems, and (4) measurement uncertainty in two-state systems. In addition to these, I have developed and validated Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorials (QuILTs) consisting of guided-inquiry teaching-learning sequences for (1) the Bloch sphere and (2) the basics of quantum computing. In each case, cognitive task analysis from both expert and student perspectives was either carried out directly or built upon from prior results. I discuss the results of implementations of these learning tools in authentic classroom environments, which involves both online and in-person administrations and multiple instructors. In each case, student performance after engaging with the learning tools increased noticeably, and dramatically for some difficult concepts.
University: University of Pittsburgh
Academic Department:  Department of Physics and Astronomy
Pages 287
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quantum computing, quantum information science
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