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ERIC Number: EJ1156595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Teaching Einsteinian Physics at Schools: Part 2, Models and Analogies for Quantum Physics
Kaur, Tejinder; Blair, David; Moschilla, John; Zadnik, Marjan
Physics Education, v52 n6 Article 065013 Nov 2017
The Einstein-First project approaches the teaching of Einsteinian physics through the use of physical models and analogies. This paper presents an approach to the teaching of quantum physics which begins by emphasising the particle-nature of light through the use of toy projectiles to represent photons. This allows key concepts including the spacing between photons, and photon momentum to be introduced. This in-turn allows an intuitive understanding of the uncertainty principle. We present optical interference in the context of individual photons, using actual videos showing the development of images one at a time. This enables simple laser interference experiments to be interpreted through the statistical arrival of photons. The wave aspects of quantum phenomenon are interpreted in terms of the wavelike nature of the arrival probabilities. [For Part 1, see EJ1156587, and for Part 3, see EJ1156596.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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