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Advanced students’ and faculty members’ reasoning about the double slit experiment with single particles
written by Ryan Sayer, Alexandru Maries, and Chandralekha Singh
We describe an investigation focusing on advanced students' and faculty members' reasoning about two questions related to the double-slit experiment with single particles. One question posed was a standard double slit question while the other question was more speculative. First, students in advanced quantum mechanics courses were asked the questions in written form and individual interviews were conducted with six students in which they were asked follow up questions to make their thought processes explicit. We also interviewed five faculty members who had taught modern physics, quantum mechanics and/or solid state physics to understand their reasoning and thought processes. The faculty members' responses shed light on what it means to think like a physicist. Student responses varied greatly in their correctness and sophistication of reasoning, suggesting that even advanced students need scaffolding support in order to learn to think like a physicist.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 460-465
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Problem Solving
= Expert-Novice Comparisons
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
= Probability and Interference
- Quantum Experiments
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- Reference Material
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R. Sayer, A. Maries, and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15526&DocID=5374).
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R. Sayer, A. Maries, and C. Singh, Advanced students’ and faculty members’ reasoning about the double slit experiment with single particles, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15526&DocID=5374>.
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Sayer, R., Maries, A., & Singh, C. (2020, July 22-23). Advanced students’ and faculty members’ reasoning about the double slit experiment with single particles. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved June 13, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15526&DocID=5374
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Sayer, R, A. Maries, and C. Singh. "Advanced students’ and faculty members’ reasoning about the double slit experiment with single particles." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15526&DocID=5374 (accessed 13 June 2021).
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Sayer, Ryan, Alexandru Maries, and Chandralekha Singh. "Advanced students’ and faculty members’ reasoning about the double slit experiment with single particles." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 460-465 of PER Conference. 13 June 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15526&DocID=5374>.
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