PER Seminar 11/30 (Gina Passante)

Date: 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

1400 Biomedical & Physical Sciences

Research as a tool to improve the teaching and learning of quantum mechanics
Gina Passante, California State University - Fullerton, gpassante@fullerton.edu

My research focuses on investigating how students learn quantum mechanics. By determining what concepts students find the most challenging, we can develop targeted instructional tools that can be used to enhance student understanding. In this talk I will describe an investigation into how students think about superposition in quantum mechanics and the tools we developed to improve instruction. In addition, I will discuss some of the unique challenging facing physics education research in quantum mechanics and some preliminary research that aims to address these challenges.