Interactive simulations for the learning and teaching of quantum mechanics concepts

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Abstract

Since 2009, we have been developing and evaluating interactive simulations with accompanying activities for the learning and teaching of quantum mechanics concepts at university level. The QuVis simulations build on education research and our lecturing experience, and aim to specifically target student areas of difficulty in quantum mechanics. Simulations are available on a wide range of topics from introductory to advanced level quantum mechanics.
This article gives an overview of the three collections of QuVis simulations developed so far. These include simulations for physics students, simulations for physical chemistry students studying introductory quantum mechanics and simulations to support a new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum based on two-level systems. Evaluation with students plays a decisive role in optimizing the educational effectiveness of the simulations and activities. We describe methods used to refine and further develop the resources. We give examples of revisions based on outcomes of individual student observation sessions.
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMPTL’18 – Book of Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication18th Edition of the Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning Conference
EditorsSebastián Dormido, Luis de la Torre
PublisherEuropean Physical Society
ISBN (Electronic)2-914771-90-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventMultimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning Conference - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 Sept 201313 Sept 2013

Conference

ConferenceMultimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning Conference
Country/TerritorySpain
CityMadrid
Period11/09/1313/09/13

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