Developed by Steve Goldhaber and Steven Pollock
The gauge student learning in first semester junior-level quantum mechanics courses, as well as to compare your students skills to those in other universities.
|Focus||Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, measurement, time dependence, probability, infinite square well, 1D tunneling, energy levels)|
Sample question from the QMAT:
The Colorado Science Education Initiative (SEI) and collaborators have developed a wide range of curricular materials for teaching junior-level quantum mechanics, of which the QMAT is only one. Other materials include group activities, clicker questions, and homework.
The SEI QM I page has materials for teaching quantum mechanics using a wave functions first approach.
The Adaptable Curricular Exercises for Quantum Mechanics page has materials for teaching quantum mechanics using a spins first approach.
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to at least 3 of the validation categories below.
Research Validation Summary
Based on Research Into:
- Student thinking
- Student interviews
- Expert review
- Appropriate statistical analysis
- At multiple institutions
- By multiple research groups
- Peer-reviewed publication
The open-ended questions on the QMAT were developed based on questions from other quantum mechanics assessments, faculty input and observed student difficulties with relevant concepts. Students participated in think aloud interviews about the questions, which were subsequently revised. The QMAT questions were given to over 25 students, and further revised. More student interviews were conducted and experts reviewed the QMAT. The QMAT has been given to over 60 students at one institution and the results published in one peer-reviewed publication.
- S. Goldhaber, S. Pollock, M. Dubson, P. Beale, and K. Perkins, Transforming Upper-Division Quantum Mechanics: Learning Goals and Assessment, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009.
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