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Title: Student Understanding of Quantum Mechanics
Url: http://scitation.aip.org/journals/doc/AJPIAS-ft/vol_69/iss_8/885_1.ht...
Creator: Singh, Chandralekha
Publisher: American Association of Physics Teachers
University of Pittsburgh
Description: We investigate the difficulties of advanced undergraduate students toward the end of a full year upper-level quantum mechanics course with concepts related to quantum measurements and time development. Our analysis is based upon a test administered to 89 students from six universities and interviews with 9 students. Strikingly, most students shared the same difficulties despite variations in background, teaching styles, and textbooks. Concepts related to stationary states, eigenstates, and time dependence of expectation values were found to be particularly difficult. An analysis of written tests and interviews suggests that widespread misconceptions originate from an inability to discriminate between related concepts and a tendency to overgeneralize.
LC Classification: Science -- Physics -- Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter -- Quantum theory. Quantum mechanics
Science -- Physics -- Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter -- Quantum theory. Quantum mechanics -- Addresses, essays, lectures
Science -- Physics -- Study and teaching. Research
GEM Subject: Science -- Physics
Science -- Instructional issues
Key Concept: Physics -- Quantum mechanics
Key Concepts Complete: Yes
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Format: html
pdf
postscript
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Professional Formation
Secondary Education
Students
Teachers
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Association of Physics Teachers
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2010-03-31 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-05-22 11:57:00 (W3C-DTF)
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