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American Journal of Physics
written by Steven J. Pollock, Gina Passante, and Homeyra R. Sadaghiani
This article introduces an overview of the authors' complete collection of freely available instructional materials to assist faculty in creating a student-centered quantum mechanics (QM) class that engages students while supporting them in developing both sense-making and calculational skills. Our group conducts research in student learning of quantum mechanics in large and small classes across a diverse set of institutions. We have developed a set of learning goals for quantum mechanics instruction in collaboration with many faculty; we have probed student learning and difficulties in QM in different instructional paradigms; and we have conducted research on student understanding of a variety of topics related to those learning goals. Our materials are grounded in research on students' understanding of quantum mechanics and are intended to be adaptable to a variety of instructional settings and faculty styles or preferences. They were designed for a spins-first instructional paradigm and include a set of learning goals, concept ("clicker") questions, pre-lecture surveys, and homework and exam questions, along with example lecture notes from three instructors at three different institutions. In this work, we describe what active learning can look like in the upper-division as well as describe each of the instructional tools and provide a few representative examples. We also discuss how these materials are used at each of our institutions, illustrating how they may be adapted for use at different institutions.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 91, Issue 1, Pages 40-47
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Quantum Physics
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10.1119/5.0109124
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DUE-1626280
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DUE-1626483
Keywords:
QM course, QM curriculum, Spins First QM teaching method, Spins First Quantum Mechanics, quantum mechanics curriculum
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Metadata instance created December 23, 2022 by Sam McKagan
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February 11, 2023 by Caroline Hall
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S. Pollock, G. Passante, and H. Sadaghiani, , Am. J. Phys. 91 (1), 40 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0109124).
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S. Pollock, G. Passante, and H. Sadaghiani, Adaptable research-based materials for teaching quantum mechanics, Am. J. Phys. 91 (1), 40 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0109124>.
APA Format
Pollock, S., Passante, G., & Sadaghiani, H. (2022, December 22). Adaptable research-based materials for teaching quantum mechanics. Am. J. Phys., 91(1), 40-47. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0109124
Chicago Format
Pollock, S, G. Passante, and H. Sadaghiani. "Adaptable research-based materials for teaching quantum mechanics." Am. J. Phys. 91, no. 1, (December 22, 2022): 40-47, https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0109124 (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Pollock, Steven, Gina Passante, and Homeyra Sadaghiani. "Adaptable research-based materials for teaching quantum mechanics." Am. J. Phys. 91.1 (2022): 40-47. 21 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0109124>.
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