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Abstract Title: Investigating student difficulties with fine structure corrections to the energy of the hydrogen atom using degenerate perturbation theory
Abstract: We discuss an investigation of student difficulties with fine structure corrections to the energy of the hydrogen atom in the context of degenerate perturbation theory. The investigation was carried out in advanced quantum mechanics courses by administering free-response and multiple-choice questions and conducting individual interviews with students. We find that students share many common difficulties related to these concepts. We will present the findings. We thanks the National Science Foundation for support.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
university of pittsburgh
3941 Ohara st
pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 4126874764
Fax: 4126246381
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Christof Keebaugh, Emily Marshman