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ERIC Number: EJ1196593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Pitfalls in the Teaching of Elementary Particle Physics
Passon, Oliver; Zügge, Thomas; Grebe-Ellis, Johannes
Physics Education, v54 n1 Article 015014 Jan 2019
Elementary particle physics is gradually implemented into science curricula at the high school level. However, common presentations on educational, semi-technical or popular level contain or support severe misconceptions. We discuss in particular the notion of 'particle', the interaction between them and the use of Feynman diagrams. In many cases the true novelty of particle physics (i.e. quantum field theory) is largely ignored. We also suggest reasons for this widespread distortions of particle physics in popular accounts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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