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ERIC Number: EJ962490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Making the Transition from Classical to Quantum Physics
Dutt, Amit
Teaching Science, v57 n4 p33-36 Dec 2011
This paper reports on the nature of the conceptual understandings developed by Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) physics students as they made the transition from the essentially deterministic notions of classical physics, to interpretations characteristic of quantum theory. The research findings revealed the fact that the understandings achieved by students were not always scientifically valid, or necessarily consistent with what had been taught in class. Analysis of the research data also revealed the fact that some of the students' mental constructions were in fact quite complex--often making use of a range of visual models and mathematical theories to make sense of quantum reality. This area of research is of significant importance given the fact that quantum theory plays such a central role in our understanding of science and technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia