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Optimization of simulations and activities for a new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum

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The Institute of Physics New Quantum Curriculum ( consists of online texts and interactive simulations with accompanying activities for an introductory course in quantum mechanics starting from two-level systems. Observation sessions and analysis of homework and survey responses from in-class trials were used to optimize the simulations and activities in terms of clarity, ease-of-use, promoting exploration, sense-making and linking of multiple representations. This work led to revisions of simulations and activities and general design principles which have been incorporated wherever applicable. This article describes the optimization of one of the simulation controls and the refinement of activities to help students make direct connections between multiple representations.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 Physics Education Research Conference
EditorsPaula V. Engelhardt, Alice D. Churukian, Dyan L. Jones
PublisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers
ISBN (Print)978-1-931024-22-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014

Publication series

NamePERC Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers
ISSN (Print)1539-9028
ISSN (Electronic)2377-2379

    Research areas

  • PERC 2013, Conceptual understanding, Quantum mechanics, Simulations

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