New Model Course in Applied Quantum Physics

Developed by: Michael Wittman, Richard Steinberg, and Edward Redish

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Modern / Quantum
Lecture - Large (30+ students)  Lecture - Small (<30 students)  Recitation/Discussion Session  Homework  Studio

What? Resources for teaching introductory quantum mechanics and modern physics with an emphasis on concepts and applications. Includes tutorials, suggested software, homework, exam questions, and information on understanding how students learn the physics.

Topic outline

The Photoelectric Effect
Wave Particle Duality
Classical Probability
Fourier Analysis and Uncertainty
Potential Energy Diagrams
The Shape of the Wave Function
Eigenvalues and Bound States
Quantum Tunneling
QM Model of Energy Bands
QM Model of Polarization
Properties of Light Emitting Diodes (LED's)
Quantum Model of Conductivity
Semi-Classical Model of Conductivity

Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Making real-world connections

Instructor effort required

  • Medium

You can download the tutorials, pre-tests, homework, essay questions, exam questions, software, and other handouts for free from the New Model Course website.

These tutorials have also been published as a book by Wiley as the Activity-Based Tutorials Volume 2. You can order the book from Wiley or from Amazon.

Silver Validation
This is the second highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
  • at least 1 of the "based on" categories
  • at least 2 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
  • at least 4 of the "studied using" categories
(Categories shown below)

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • theories of how students learn
  • student ideas about specific topics

Demonstrated to Improve:

  • conceptual understanding
  • problem-solving skills
  • lab skills
  • beliefs and attitudes
  • attendance
  • retention of students
  • success of underrepresented groups
  • performance in subsequent classes

Studied using:

  • cycle of research and redevelopment
  • student interviews
  • classroom observations
  • analysis of written work
  • research at multiple institutions
  • research by multiple groups
  • peer-reviewed publication