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Enhancing student learning of two-level quantum systems with interactive simulations

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Antje Kohnle, Charles Baily, Anna Campbell, Natalia Korolkova, Mark Paetkau

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The QuVis Quantum Mechanics Visualization project aims to address challenges of quantum mechanics instruction through the development of interactive simulations for the learning and teaching of quantum mechanics. In this article, we describe evaluation of simulations focusing on two-level systems developed as part of the Institute of Physics Quantum Physics resources. Simulations are research-based and have been iteratively refined using student feedback in individual observation sessions and in-class trials. We give evidence that these simulations are helping students learn quantum mechanics concepts at both the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, and that students perceive simulations to be beneficial to their learning.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-566
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Volume83
Issue number6
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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