Developed by: Michael Wittman, Richard Steinberg, and Edward Redish
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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.
The Photoelectric Effect
Wave Particle Duality
Fourier Analysis and Uncertainty
Potential Energy Diagrams
The Shape of the Wave Function
Eigenvalues and Bound States
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
- Conceptual understanding
- Making real-world connections
Instructor effort required
You can download the tutorials, pre-tests, homework, essay questions, exam questions, software, and other handouts for free from the New Model Course website.
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
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
- retention of students
- success of underrepresented groups
- performance in subsequent classes
- cycle of research and redevelopment
- student interviews
- classroom observations
- analysis of written work
- research at multiple institutions
- research by multiple groups
- peer-reviewed publication
- R. Scherr and M. Wittmann, The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, 2002.
- R. Steinberg, M. Wittmann, L. Bao, and E. Redish, The Influence of Student Understanding of Classical Physics When Learning Quantum Mechanics, presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Boston, MA, 1999.
- M. Wittmann and R. Scherr, Student Epistemological Mode Constraining Researcher Access to Student Thinking: An Example from an Interview on Charge Flow, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, 2002.
- M. Wittmann, R. Steinberg, and E. Redish, Investigating student understanding of quantum physics: Spontaneous models of conductivity, Am. J. Phys. 70 (3), 218 (2002).