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Effectiveness of an online homework tutorial about changing basis in quantum mechanics
written by Giaco Corsiglia, Steven J. Pollock, and Bethany R. Wilcox
Changing basis is a common task when solving quantum mechanical problems.  As part of a research project investigating student understanding of basis and change of basis in quantum mechanics, we developed a tutorial to support students in learning about basis in the context of spin-1/2 systems.  We have since created an interactive online version of the basis tutorial as part of a freely available suite of online quantum tutorials called ACE Physics (https://acephysics.net).  The ACE Physics tutorials include dynamic guidance elements and, unlike other tutorials, are intended for use outside the classroom without instructor facilitation.  After extensive study in an instructor-supported environment, we assigned the ACE Physics basis tutorial as homework in two semesters of upper-division quantum mechanics, and we report on the effectiveness of the activity based on pre-/post-testing and comparison of student exam performance with a similar semester that did not include the activity.  We find that the tutorial produces sufficient learning gains to justify continued assignment as a homework problem in our classes.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 118-123
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Quantum Physics
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G. Corsiglia, S. Pollock, and B. Wilcox, Effectiveness of an online homework tutorial about changing basis in quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16219&DocID=5588>.
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Corsiglia, G., Pollock, S., & Wilcox, B. (2022, July 13-14). Effectiveness of an online homework tutorial about changing basis in quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved February 27, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16219&DocID=5588
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Corsiglia, G, S. Pollock, and B. Wilcox. "Effectiveness of an online homework tutorial about changing basis in quantum mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16219&DocID=5588 (accessed 27 February 2024).
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Corsiglia, Giaco, Steven Pollock, and Bethany Wilcox. "Effectiveness of an online homework tutorial about changing basis in quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 118-123 of PER Conference. 27 Feb. 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16219&DocID=5588>.
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