Overview

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Overview

A set of tutorials for a course introducing non-science majors to the basic ideas of quantum mechanics using minimal mathematics. Moving from wave physics through energy and probability to a graphical interpretation of the Schrödinger equation, allowing students to solve finite square problems and apply ideas of quantization to spectroscopy, building simple molecules, and tunneling.

Level Designed for: Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Advanced Undergraduate, Graduate
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon, LabReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Modern / Quantum
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Lab equipment for student use - professional, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physicsReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learning, Enjoyment of physics
Can be adapted for: Self-confidence around physics, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Creativity, Autonomy
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, Thinking Problems, LA Program, CAE TPS, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Method None
Developer(s) Jeffrey T. Morgan, Michael C. Wittmann, Eleanor C. Sayre, Katrina E. Black
Website http://perlnet.umaine.edu/iqp/