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Salah, Hazzi; Dumon, Alain – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
The concept of covalent bonding is characterized by an interconnected knowledge framework based on Lewis and quantum models of atoms and molecules. Several research studies have shown that students at all levels of chemistry learning find the quantum model to be one of the most difficult subjects to understand. We have tried in this paper to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Molecular Structure, Science Instruction, Questionnaires
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Modir, Bahar; Thompson, John D.; Sayre, Eleanor C. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Students' difficulties in quantum mechanics may be the result of unproductive framing and not a fundamental inability to solve the problems or misconceptions about physics content. We observed groups of students solving quantum mechanics problems in an upper-division physics course. Using the lens of epistemological framing, we investigated four…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Problem Solving, Quantum Mechanics, Physics
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Christian, Wolfgang; Belloni, Mario; Esquembre, Francisco; Mason, Bruce A.; Barbato, Lyle; Riggsbee, Matt – Physics Teacher, 2015
Over the past two years, the AAPT/ComPADRE staff and the Open Source Physics group have published the second edition of "Physlet Physics" and "Physlet Quantum Physics," delivered as interactive web pages on AAPT/ComPADRE and as free eBooks available through iTunes and Google Play. These two websites, and their associated books,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Simulation, Web Sites
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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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Lyons, David W. – PRIMUS, 2017
Quantum Information Science (QIS) is an interdisciplinary field involving mathematics, computer science, and physics. Appealing aspects include an abundance of accessible open problems, active interest and support from government and industry, and an energetic, open, and collaborative international research culture. We describe our student-faculty…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Information Science Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Dür, Wolfgang; Heusler, Stefan – Physics Teacher, 2014
Quantum mechanics is one of the pillars of modern physics, however rather difficult to teach at the introductory level due to the conceptual difficulties and the required advanced mathematics. Nevertheless, attempts to identify relevant features of quantum mechanics and to put forward concepts of how to teach it have been proposed. Here we present…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts
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Kaur, Tejinder; Blair, David; Moschilla, John; Zadnik, Marjan – Physics Education, 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…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Principles, Probability
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Basu, B.; Roy, B. – European Journal of Physics, 2009
The practical applicability of a semiconductor quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction gives an impetus to study analytical solutions to one- and two-electron quantum dots with or without a magnetic field.
Descriptors: Interaction, Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Physics
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Muniz, Marc N.; Oliver-Hoyo, Maria T. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
We report a novel educational activity designed to teach quantum mechanical tunneling to upper-division undergraduate students in the context of nanochemistry. The activity is based on a theoretical framework for analogy and is split into three parts that are linked pedagogically through the framework: classical ball-and-ramp system, tunneling…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Hobson, Art – Physics Teacher, 2011
An earlier paper introduces quantum physics by means of four experiments: Youngs double-slit interference experiment using (1) a light beam, (2) a low-intensity light beam with time-lapse photography, (3) an electron beam, and (4) a low-intensity electron beam with time-lapse photography. It's ironic that, although these experiments demonstrate…
Descriptors: Photography, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Eagle, Forrest W.; Seaney, Kyser D.; Grubb, Michael P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Quantum mechanics is a notoriously difficult subject to learn, due to a lack of real-world analogies that might help provide an intuitive grasp of the underlying ideas. Discrete energy levels and absorption and emission wavelengths in atoms are sometimes described as uniquely quantum phenomena, but are actually general to spatially confined waves…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Music, Science Instruction, Science Experiments
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Gire, Elizabeth; Price, Edward – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
The formalism of quantum mechanics includes a rich collection of representations for describing quantum systems, including functions, graphs, matrices, histograms of probabilities, and Dirac notation. The varied features of these representations affect how computations are performed. For example, identifying probabilities of measurement outcomes…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Algebra, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction
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Dini, Vesal; Hammer, David – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2017
Research on student epistemologies in introductory courses has highlighted the importance of understanding physics as "a refinement of everyday thinking" [A. Einstein, J. Franklin Inst. 221, 349 (1936)]. That view is difficult to sustain in quantum mechanics, for students as for physicists. How might students manage the transition? In…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Epistemology, Quantum Mechanics, Probability
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Cantley, Ian – Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2017
The outcomes of educational assessments undoubtedly have real implications for students, teachers, schools and education in the widest sense. Assessment results are, for example, used to award qualifications that determine future educational or vocational pathways of students. The results obtained by students in assessments are also used to gauge…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Foundations of Education
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Palazzo, Teresa A.; Truong, Tiana T.; Wong, Shirley M. T.; Mack, Emma T.; Lodewyk, Michael W.; Harrison, Jason G.; Gamage, R. Alan; Siegel, Justin B.; Kurth, Mark J.; Tantillo, Dean J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
An applied computational chemistry laboratory exercise is described in which students use modern quantum chemical calculations of chemical shifts to assign the structure of a recently isolated natural product. A pre/post assessment was used to measure student learning gains and verify that students demonstrated proficiency of key learning…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Spectroscopy, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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