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Interactive Tutorials For Upper Level Quantum Mechanics Courses

Beck, Yvette M (2009) Interactive Tutorials For Upper Level Quantum Mechanics Courses. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis explores the ongoing need for interactive tutorials in the upper level undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course. It first summarizes the development and evaluation of tutorials at the introductory physics level by others, and then challenges the belief that upper level students do not need this type of intervention by citing research in student difficulties in learning Quantum Mechanics. Physics Education research shows that there are common student misconceptions that persist even in the upper level undergraduate courses such as Quantum Mechanics. Cognitive research serves as a guide for effective curriculum design. A description of the iterative process for developing and evaluating the tutorials is discussed. The development and evaluation of "The Time Evolution of a Wave Function" Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorial (QuILT) is described in detail. Finally, the success of the QuILT in reducing the common misconceptions about time evolution is discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beck, Yvette
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSingh, Chandralekhasingh@phyast.pitt.eduCLSINGH
Committee MemberDevaty, Robert Pdevaty@pitt.eduDEVATY
Committee MemberTurnshek, Daviddavidt@pitt.eduDAVIDT
Date: 15 January 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 15 October 2008
Approval Date: 15 January 2009
Submission Date: 12 December 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Physics
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physics Education
Other ID:, etd-12122008-121158
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:10
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:54


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