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Abstract Title: Guided Group Work in Graduate Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Graduate-level Quantum Mechanics can be a significant barrier to obtaining a Ph. D. in Physics. The difficulty of the material is compounded by the relative scarcity of education-research based conceptual questions, short, tractable examples, and practice problems at that level. It is harder still for those who encounter difficulties developing a cohort of friends with whom to work, a problem that disproportionally affects members of under-represented minorities. To alleviate some of these problems, we have developed materials and piloted a series of guided group work sessions for Graduate Quantum Mechanics students. We describe the nature and logistics of the guided group work, .  and we report on data from surveys, weekly pre-post quizzes, and grades in course material. Overall, the reception from students and faculty has been positive, but because of potential self-selection effects, it is difficult to make conclusions on improvements in course performance. Future work is also discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher D. Porter
The Ohio State University
191 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 900-5554
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Heckler