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Abstract Title: Investigate Students’ use of Boundary Conditions using Symbolic Forms
Abstract: Boundary conditions are an important physics topic that physics undergraduates are expected to understand and apply in many different contexts. As part of an effort to examine students' understanding of Boundary Conditions in upper division courses, think-aloud interviews were conducted in the context of both junior Electricity and Magnetism (E&M) and Quantum Mechanics (QM).  In the E&M task, students were given a classical question about  electromagnetic waves at the boundary of two media. In the QM task, students were presented with a classic potential well problem. The analysis of the interviews was guided by the use of a theoretical framework: Symbolic forms. We will discuss the similarities and differences of student understanding and reasoning in these contexts (E&M and QM).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Qing Ryan
Cal Poly Pomona
and Co-Presenter(s)
Thu Chau
Gina Passante
Homeyra Sadaghiani