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Fanaro, Maria de los Angeles; Otero, Maria Rita; Arlego, Marcelo – Physics Teacher, 2012
This paper discusses the teaching of basic quantum mechanics in high school. Rather than following the usual formalism, our approach is based on Feynman's path integral method. Our presentation makes use of simulation software and avoids sophisticated mathematical formalism. (Contains 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Martini, Sheridan R.; Hartzell, Cynthia J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Computational chemistry is commonly addressed in the quantum mechanics course of undergraduate physical chemistry curricula. Since quantum mechanics traditionally follows the thermodynamics course, there is a lack of curricula relating computational chemistry to thermodynamics. A method integrating molecular modeling software into a semester long…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, College Science
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Kohnle, Antje; Jackson, Alexander; Paetkau, Mark – Physics Teacher, 2019
Learning introductory quantum physics is challenging, in part due to the different paradigms in classical mechanics and quantum physics. Classical mechanics is deterministic in that the equations of motion and the initial conditions fully determine a particle's trajectory. Quantum physics is an inherently probabilistic theory in that only…
Descriptors: Probability, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Computer Simulation
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Brown, Benjamin R.; Mason, Andrew; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
An earlier investigation found that the performance of advanced students in a quantum mechanics course did not automatically improve from midterm to final exam on identical problems even when they were provided the correct solutions and their own graded exams. Here, we describe a study, which extended over four years, in which upper-level…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), Quantum Mechanics
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Healy, Eamonn F. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Although the presentation of quantum mechanics found in traditional textbooks is intellectually well founded, it suffers from a number of deficiencies. Specifically introducing quantum mechanics as a solution to the arcane dilemma, the ultraviolet catastrophe, does little to impress a nonscientific audience of the tremendous paradigmatic shift…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Heuristics, Quantum Mechanics, Science Instruction
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Rusydi, Febdian; Madinah, Roichatul; Puspitasari, Ira; Mark-Lee, Wun F.; Ahmad, Azizan; Rusydi, Andrivo – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2021
The fundamental mechanism of biochemistry lies on the reaction kinetics, which is determined by the reaction pathways. Interestingly, the reaction pathway is a challenging concept for undergraduate students. Experimentally, it is difficult to observe, and theoretically, it requires some degree of physics knowledge, namely statistical and quantum…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Science Instruction, Kinetics, Scientific Concepts
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Camrud, Evan; Turner, Daniel B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Numerous computational and spectroscopic studies have demonstrated the decisive role played by nonadiabatic coupling in photochemical reactions. Nonadiabatic coupling drives photochemistry when potential energy surfaces are nearly degenerate at avoided crossings or truly degenerate at unavoided crossings. The dynamics induced by nonadiabatic…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Graduate Study
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Maries, Alexandru; Sayer, Ryan; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Research suggests that introductory physics students often have difficulty using a concept in contexts different from the ones in which they learned it without explicit guidance to help them make the connection between the different contexts. We have been investigating advanced students' learning of quantum mechanics concepts and have developed…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Courses, Tutorial Programs, Instructional Effectiveness
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Sayer, Ryan; Marshman, Emily; Singh, Chandralekha – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is an instructional strategy involving feedback from students on prelecture activities in order to design in-class activities to build on the continuing feedback from students. We investigate the effectiveness of a JiTT approach, which included in-class concept tests using clickers in an upper-division quantum…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response), Program Effectiveness, Handheld Devices
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McGinness, Lachlan P.; Savage, C. M. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2016
We report on progress towards the development of an Action Concept Inventory (ACI), a test that measures student understanding of action principles in introductory mechanics and optics. The ACI also covers key concepts of many-paths quantum mechanics, from which classical action physics arises. We used a multistage iterative development cycle for…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Optics, Mechanics (Physics), Measures (Individuals)
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Williams, Brian Wesley; Celius, Tevye C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2008
The Darboux transformation in quantum mechanics is reviewed at a basic level. Examples of how this transformation leads to exactly solvable potentials related to the "particle in a box" and the harmonic oscillator are shown in detail. The connection between the Darboux transformation and some modern operator based approaches to quantum mechanics…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Passante, Gina; Emigh, Paul J.; Shaffer, Peter S. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
Energy measurements play a fundamental role in the theory of quantum mechanics, yet there is evidence that the underlying concepts are difficult for many students, even after all undergraduate instruction. We present results from an investigation into student ability to determine the possible energies that can be measured for a given wave function…
Descriptors: Energy, Physics, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Study
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Bonsignore, Gaetano; Agnello, Simonpietro; Cannas, Marco; Gelardi, Franco; Gallitto, Aurelio Agliolo – Physics Teacher, 2020
Energy consumption in the world is increasing more and more due to the huge energy request coming from emerging countries such as China, India, etc. To face the challenge of sustainability, a solution may be the use of solar energy, since it is the most abundant renewable energy source on Earth. The electromagnetic energy coming from the Sun can…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Sustainability, Energy Conservation
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Krijtenburg-Lewerissa, K.; Pol, H. J.; Brinkman, A.; van Joolingen, W. R. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2020
In order to investigate students' misunderstandings of potential wells and tunneling, a conceptual knowledge test was administered to Dutch secondary school students after they were taught about quantum mechanics. A frequency analysis of responses to the multiple choice questions (n = 98) and coding of the responses to the open-ended questions and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Misconceptions, Knowledge Level, Quantum Mechanics
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Schirripa Spagnolo, Giuseppe; Postiglione, Adriana; De Angelis, Ilaria – Physics Education, 2020
In this paper, an educational tool is proposed to show the internal photoelectric effect in a simple and clear way for Undergraduate Physics courses or High Schools. Experimental evidence of the photoelectric effect is particularly important in the didactic experience. This effect is fundamental to introduce students to the world of quantum…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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