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Student reasoning about sources of experimental measurement uncertainty in quantum versus classical mechanics
written by Emily M. Stump, Courtney White, Gina Passante, and N. G. Holmes
Measurement uncertainty and experimental error are important concepts taught in undergraduate physics laboratories. Although student ideas about error and uncertainty in introductory classical mechanics lab experiments have been studied extensively, there is relatively limited research on student thinking about experimental measurement uncertainty in quantum mechanics. In this work, we used semi-structured interviews to study advanced physics students' interpretations of fictitious data distributions from two common undergraduate laboratory experiments in quantum mechanics and one in classical mechanics. To analyze these interpretations, we developed a coding scheme that classifies student responses based on what factors they believe create uncertainty and differentiates between different types of uncertainty (e.g. imprecision, inaccuracy). We found that participants in our study expressed a variety of ideas about measurement uncertainty that varied with the context (classical/quantum) and the type of uncertainty.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 527-532
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Error
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Quantum Experiments
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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E. Stump, C. White, G. Passante, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15537&DocID=5385).
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E. Stump, C. White, G. Passante, and N. Holmes, Student reasoning about sources of experimental measurement uncertainty in quantum versus classical mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15537&DocID=5385>.
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Stump, E., White, C., Passante, G., & Holmes, N. (2020, July 22-23). Student reasoning about sources of experimental measurement uncertainty in quantum versus classical mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved June 20, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15537&DocID=5385
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Stump, E, C. White, G. Passante, and N. Holmes. "Student reasoning about sources of experimental measurement uncertainty in quantum versus classical mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15537&DocID=5385 (accessed 20 June 2021).
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Stump, Emily M., Courtney White, Gina Passante, and Natasha G. Holmes. "Student reasoning about sources of experimental measurement uncertainty in quantum versus classical mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 527-532 of PER Conference. 20 June 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15537&DocID=5385>.
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