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Student Understanding of Superposition: Vectors and Wave Functions
written by Paul J. Emigh, Gina Passante, and Peter S. Shaffer
As part of a broad investigation of student understanding in physics, we have examined student ability with superposition throughout introductory and upper-division courses in physics. This research has focused on examining student ability to add and subtract vector quantities and the wave functions associated with quantum physics. We present results from a series of research tasks designed to probe student understanding of superposition in each of these contexts at various points in undergraduate instruction. In addition, we describe and discuss certain patterns in student reasoning that have been identified across the different tasks, contexts, and courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 112-115
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
Mathematical Tools
- Problem-Solving Techniques
= Superposition
- Vector Algebra
= Vector Addition
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
= Probability and Interference
= Wave Functions
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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P. Emigh, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer, Student Understanding of Superposition: Vectors and Wave Functions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14208&DocID=4560>.
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Emigh, P., Passante, G., & Shaffer, P. (2016, July 20-21). Student Understanding of Superposition: Vectors and Wave Functions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved March 24, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14208&DocID=4560
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Emigh, P, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer. "Student Understanding of Superposition: Vectors and Wave Functions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14208&DocID=4560 (accessed 24 March 2017).
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Emigh, Paul, Gina Passante, and Peter Shaffer. "Student Understanding of Superposition: Vectors and Wave Functions." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 112-115 of PER Conference. 24 Mar. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14208&DocID=4560>.
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