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Interpretations of P.E. Diagrams by Introductory Students while Learning QM
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 9:20 AM -9:30 AM
  Author: Brian Stephanik, University of Washington
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  Co-Author(s): Peter S. Shaffer , Lillian C McDermott
  Abstract: In order for students to relate quantum and classical mechanics they must have a sufficiently strong foundation of some basic concepts in classical physics. We have found that students in introductory courses who are learning quantum mechanics sometimes struggle with these classical concepts in ways that can inhibit their ability to connect these two regimes. Examples of our findings in the context of potential energy diagrams, as well as preliminary attempts to address student difficulties, will be presented.
  Footnotes: None
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