ERIC Number: EJ1166980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Introductory Quantum Physics and Chemistry: Caveats from the History of Science and Science Teaching to the Training of Modern Chemists
Greca, Ileana M.; Freire, Olival, Jr.
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v15 n3 p286-296 Jul 2014
Finding the best ways to introduce quantum physics to undergraduate students in all scientific areas, in particular for chemistry students, is a pressing, but hardly a simple task. In this paper, we discuss the relevance of taking into account lessons from the history of the discipline and the ongoing controversy over its interpretations and foundations in the search for new ways of improving the teaching of quantum physics. We also review and discuss the recent research in science education literature that proposes new ways of introducing quantum mechanics for undergraduate students. From these discussions, we suggest some possibilities--the inclusion of philosophical interpretations and their defense; the emphasis on strictly quantum features of the systems; an emphasis on formalism, without worrying about the ultimate ontological status of mathematics; the incorporation of quantum mechanics applications into real problems; and the need to introduce complementary when using images--which can be taken into account when devising more effective ways of teaching introductory quantum mechanics for chemistry students.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Education History, Undergraduate Students, Misconceptions, Educational Philosophy, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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