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For the Classroom

Intuitive Quantum Physics

Intuitive Quantum Physics
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching wave physics and modern physics to non-science-majors. Observation, qualitative analysis, and graphical representations are used to introduce interference, discuss energy and probability, and explain bound states, spectroscopy, modeling of molecules, and tunneling.

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Research Instruments

Quantum Mechanics Survey

Quantum Mechanics Survey
The Quantum Mechanics Survey, developed by Singh and Zhu, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of quantum mechanics in junior-level courses.

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Jan 21 Machine Learning Predicts Responses to Conceptual Questions Using Eye Movements
Jan 21 Confusion and representational practices as factors that sustain rich pedagogical discussions within faculty online learning communities

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