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Operators and Measurements in Paradigms in Physics, Part 1
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 6:30 PM -6:40 PM
  Author: Corinne Manogue, Oregon State University
  Co-Author(s): Elizabeth Gire , David McIntyre , Janet Tate , Dedra Demaree
  Abstract: Operators have a central role in the formalism of quantum mechanics. However, many students have trouble using operators in computations related to quantum measurements. Many students erroneously believe that, for operators representing observables, the linear transformation of the quantum state vector corresponds to the process of making a measurement on the system. The upper level quantum mechanics curriculum at Oregon State University takes a "spins first" approach that emphasizes quantum measurements. Within this curriculum, we have developed a variety of activities to help address this common student difficulty.
  Footnotes: None
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