The Quantum Mechanics Visualization Project

Developed by: Antje Kohnle and the PER team at the University of St. Andrews

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

What? QuVis is a collection of research-based interactive simulations for learning quantum mechanics concepts ranging from the advanced high school to advanced undergraduate level. Simulations help students make connections between multiple representations and explore relationships between quantities.

Why? QuVis simulations make the invisible visible, allow students to collect data to see how quantum-mechanical quantities are determined experimentally, help students make connections between physical, mathematical and graphical representations, and allow students to compare and contrast classical and quantum behavior under the same experimental conditions.

Why not? You might prefer to use different research-based materials designed for quantum mechanics courses, such such as Paradigms in Physics or CU upper-division QM curriculum or QuILTs.

Example materials


Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Making real-world connections
  • Using multiple representations

Instructor effort required

  • Low

Resources required

  • Computers for students

Intro Article: A. Kohnle, D. Cassettari, T. Edwards, C. Ferguson, A. Gillies, C. Hooley, N. Korolkova, J. Llama, and B. Sinclair, A new multimedia resource for teaching quantum mechanics concepts, Am. J. Phys. 80 (2), 148 (2012).

You can view and download all the QuVis simulations and associated problem sets for free from the QuVis website

Bronze Validation
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
  • at least 1 of the "based on" categories
  • at least 1 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
  • at least 1 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