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Improving student understanding of addition of angular momentum in quantum mechanics

Authors
  • Zhu, Guangtian
  • Singh, Chandralekha
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Apr 03, 2016
Submission Date
Feb 19, 2016
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010101
Source
arXiv
License
Yellow
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Abstract

We describe the difficulties advanced undergraduate and graduate students have with concepts related to addition of angular momentum in quantum mechanics. We also describe the development and implementation of a research-based learning tool, a Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorial (QuILT), to reduce these difficulties. The preliminary evaluation shows that the QuILT related to the basics of the addition of angular momentum is helpful in improving students' understanding of these concepts.

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