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Abstract Title: Resources Students Use to Understand Quantum Mechanical Operators
Abstract: The Paradigms team at Oregon State University has developed a quantum mechanics curriculum aimed at middle division students that begins with a strong emphasis on using matrices and Dirac notation to describe quantum systems. This content ordering relies on students being able to understand quantum mechanical operators, eigenstates and quantum measurement without prior instruction on wave functions. We have analyzed classroom video and student interviews to identify resources students use when considering these quantum ideas. Identification of these resources will inform introductory curricula that are prerequisite to the quantum Paradigms and inform the development of Paradigms materials that will guide students to use these resources productively.
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Primary Contact: Elizabeth Gire
Oregon State University
301 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OH 97330
Phone: (541) 737-6080
and Co-Presenter(s)
Leonard Cerny
Oregon State University
cernyl -at- onid.orst.edu

Corinne Manogue
Oregon State University
corinne -at- physics.oregonstate.edu