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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

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Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Activities

Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Activities
This web page provides activities for Quantum Mechanics classes. Each activity includes learning goals and a guide for instructors. Activities for Operators, Eigenstates, Probability Densities, Stern-Gerlach Simulations, Schrödinger's Equation, and Time Evolution are included.

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Research Instruments

Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI)

Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI)
The Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI), developed by Aslanides and Savage, assesses student understanding of special relativity concepts commonly taught in introductory physics courses.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2014
PERC 2014 will be held July 30-31, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN.  The theme will be "Outpacing New Technologies with Novel Pedagogies: The Role of PER in the Transforming Landscape of Higher Education."

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Jul 3 More than just "plug-and-chug": Exploring how physics students make sense with equations
Jun 8 Conceptual and Mathematical Barriers to Students Learning Quantum Mechanics
Jun 6 PER-Based Tutorials for Quantum Physics
Apr 11 A conceptual physics class where students found meaning in calculations

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