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Description:

Members of the University of Maine Physics Education Research Laboratory are studying student understanding of the phenomenon of quantum tunneling through a potential barrier, a standard topic in most introductory quantum physics courses. When a series of interviews revealed that many students believe energy is lost in the tunneling process, a survey was designed to investigate the prevalence of the energy-loss idea. This survey was administered to populations of physics majors at the sophomore and senior levels. Data indicate that interview results are shared by a somewhat larger population of students and give insight into additional models of reasoning (e.g. analogies to macroscopic tunnels) not found in the interviews.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

NSDL,Education Foundations,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Physics Education Research,Assessment,Graduate/Professional,General Physics,student understanding,Life Science,Higher Education,Undergraduate (Upper Division),PERC 2003,Cognition,tunnelling,quantum theory,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003064820455T,eaching,Chemistry,Physics,Instruments,human factors,Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,General,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Education,Geoscience

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English

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