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PST2C61:

Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Measurement
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Guangtian Zhu, University of Pittsburgh
412-251-3716, zhuguangtian@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): Chandralekha Singh
  Abstract: The measurement of a physical observable in a quantum system is very different from the measurement in a classical system. Understanding the properties of quantum measurement is essential for interpreting quantum mechanics. We investigate the students' difficulties related to the quantum measurement by giving written tests and interviewing advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the quantum mechanics class. We also discuss the students' improvement of interpreting quantum measurement after they use the research-based learning tools. Our data shows that the Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorial (QuILT) and Peer Instruction Tools will enhance students' understanding of the quantum measurement. *Supported by NSF
  Footnotes: None
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