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Investigating student use of a flexible tool for simulating and visualizing quantum mechanics
written by Carrie A. Weidner, Shaeema Z. Ahmed, Jesper H. M. Jensen, Jacob F. Sherson, and H. J. Lewandowski
As education researchers gain a broader understanding of how students learn quantum mechanics, new pedagogical and technical resources are being developed to facilitate student learning. To further research-based knowledge of student learning of quantum mechanics, we present a study on the use of Quantum Composer, a flexible, flow-based tool for the exploration and simulation of quantum mechanical systems in one dimension. To explore Composer's impact on students' knowledge of quantum mechanics, we carried out think-aloud interviews where students worked through an exercise exploring the statics and time-dynamics of quantum states in single and double harmonic well potentials. Student Outcomes are then cross-coded with their observed Interactions with Composer. We find that defined Outcomes of Recollection, Reinforcement and Discovery happen most often when students are using the Composer tools that allow them to visualize quantum states, simulate their time dynamics, and change parameters repeatedly in order to understand how systems are represented in both the static and dynamic cases.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 563-568
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
Quantum Physics
- Approximation Techniques
= Rayleigh-Schrodinger Perturbation Theory
- Bound State Systems
- Foundations and Measurements
= Time Dependence
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
- Reference Material
= Research study
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C. Weidner, S. Ahmed, J. Jensen, J. Sherson, and H. Lewandowski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15543&DocID=5391).
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C. Weidner, S. Ahmed, J. Jensen, J. Sherson, and H. Lewandowski, Investigating student use of a flexible tool for simulating and visualizing quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15543&DocID=5391>.
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Weidner, C., Ahmed, S., Jensen, J., Sherson, J., & Lewandowski, H. (2020, July 22-23). Investigating student use of a flexible tool for simulating and visualizing quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved September 26, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15543&DocID=5391
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Weidner, C, S. Ahmed, J. Jensen, J. Sherson, and H. Lewandowski. "Investigating student use of a flexible tool for simulating and visualizing quantum 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=15543&DocID=5391 (accessed 26 September 2020).
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Weidner, Carrie A., Shaeema Z. Ahmed, Jesper H. M. Jensen, Jacob F. Sherson, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Investigating student use of a flexible tool for simulating and visualizing quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 563-568 of PER Conference. 26 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15543&DocID=5391>.
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