Developed by: Antje Kohnle and the PER team at the University of St. Andrews
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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.
Student skills developed
- Conceptual understanding
- Making real-world connections
- Using multiple representations
Instructor effort required
- Computers for students
You can view and download all the QuVis simulations and associated problem sets for free from the QuVis website.
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
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
- A. Kohnle, Using student-generated content to engage students in upper-division quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019.
- A. Kohnle, C. Baily, A. Campbell, N. Korolkova, and M. Paetkau, Enhancing student learning of two-level quantum systems with interactive simulations, Am. J. Phys. 83 (6), 560 (2015).
- A. Kohnle, C. Baily, C. Hooley, and B. Torrance, Optimization of Simulations and Activities for a New Introductory Quantum Mechanics Curriculum, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013.
- A. Kohnle, C. Baily, and S. Ruby, Investigating the Influence of Visualization on Student Understanding of Quantum Superposition, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.
- A. Kohnle, I. Bozhinova, D. Browne, M. Everitt, A. Fomins, P. Kok, G. Kulaitis, M. Prokopas, D. Raine, and E. Swinbank, A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum, Eur. J. Phys. 35 (1), 015001 (2013).
- 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).
- A. Kohnle and E. Deffebach, Investigating student understanding of quantum entanglement, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015.
- A. Kohnle, A. Jackson, and M. Paetkau, The Difference Between a Probability and a Probability Density, Phys. Teach. 57 (3), (2019).
- A. Kohnle and A. Rizzoli, Interactive simulations for quantum key distribution, Eur. J. Phys. 38 (3), 035403 (2017).
- G. Passante and A. Kohnle, Enhancing student visual understanding of the time evolution of quantum systems, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 15 (1), 010110 (2019).