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Abstract Title: Seeing quantum mechanics: The role of quantum experiments
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: The second quantum revolution has prompted not only research in quantum science and technology, but also research on how best to educate students who may enter this burgeoning field. Much of the conversation around quantum science education has focused on students' conceptual learning or skills desired by potential employers; there has been an absence of work understanding how laboratory courses and experiments contribute to undergraduate quantum education. To begin understanding the role quantum experiments may play, we surveyed instructors who implement experiments with single and entangled photons in undergraduate lab courses and found that one of the most important learning goals was to ``see quantum mechanics in real life.'' To better understand this goal, we interviewed 15 of the surveyed instructors asking what seeing quantum mechanics means to them and why they believe it is an important part of students' education. We present emergent themes from a qualitative coding analysis of these interviews, which begin to elucidate how instructors think about seeing quantum mechanics and what learning goals instructors hope seeing quantum mechanics---and working with quantum experiments more generally---will help students achieve.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-12
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Victoria Borish
University of Colorado Boulder and JILA
Boulder, CO 80309
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alexandra Werth (she/her/hers), University of Colorado Boulder and JILA
H. J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado Boulder and JILA