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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Educational Proposal for Teaching QED
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:30 PM -7:40 PM
  Author: George Kontokostas
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The session will focus on mentoring and induction programs for new physics teachers. Students need and desire to know the latest scientific knowledge. Quantum is introduced in order to give students an understandable qualitative view of the origin of Feynman diagrams as representations of particle interactions. Elementary diagrams are combined in a simple way in order to understand the standard Model. In this presentation we examine how an alternative way of teaching can help students to design, predict interactions, and understand how the diagrams work. Using special pedagogical methods and with the help of technology, we note that most students were able to design the three interactions and to predict the formation of some particles. Without using much math, the students were allowed to develop an understanding of QED. Some misconceptions were dealt with successfully.
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