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Impact of mathematical reasoning on students’ understanding of quantum optics
written by Paul Justice, Emily Marshman, and Chandralekha Singh
We report on an investigation in which we compare the conceptual performance of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, who worked on two different validated Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorials (QuILTs). One of the QuILTs incorporates mathematical reasoning while focusing on helping students develop a good conceptual understanding of quantum optics using a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer with single photons and polarizers. Performance of students who engaged with this "hybrid" (integrated conceptual and quantitative) QuILT is compared with those who engaged with a conceptual QuILT focusing on the same topics without quantitative tools. We find that the posttest performance on conceptual questions of physics graduate students who engaged with the hybrid QuILT was generally better than those who engaged with the conceptual QuILT. For undergraduate students, the results were mixed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 261-266
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material Design
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- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
Optics
- Modern Optics
= Photons
Quantum Physics
- Entanglement and Quantum Information
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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P. Justice, E. Marshman, and C. Singh, Impact of mathematical reasoning on students’ understanding of quantum optics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16243&DocID=5612>.
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Justice, P., Marshman, E., & Singh, C. (2022, July 13-14). Impact of mathematical reasoning on students’ understanding of quantum optics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved April 17, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16243&DocID=5612
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Justice, P, E. Marshman, and C. Singh. "Impact of mathematical reasoning on students’ understanding of quantum optics." 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=16243&DocID=5612 (accessed 17 April 2024).
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Justice, Paul, Emily Marshman, and Chandralekha Singh. "Impact of mathematical reasoning on students’ understanding of quantum optics." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 261-266 of PER Conference. 17 Apr. 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16243&DocID=5612>.
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