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Photoelectric effectA computerbased tutorial on the fundamental properties of the photoelectric effect. The tutorial is based on a systematic study of student understanding of the experiment. Software is required in this tutorial. The tutorial leads to an applied homework on the photomultiplier tubes. 
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Waveparticle dualityA set of activities designed to help students go from basic wave phenomena to the subtleties of the wave and particle properties of light and matter. The tutorial is based on a systematic study of student understanding of the physics concepts. An additional handout is required. The tutorial leads to an applied homework on the atomic interferometer. 
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Classical probabilityA set of activities intended to help students make the connection between classical issues of probability and quantum mechanical probabilistic interpretations. 

SpectroscopyA set of materials designed to help students understand the physics of spectroscopy. Students discuss difficulties with the model of revolving electrons and develop the idea of transitions between energy levels via photon emission or absorption. The tutorial makes use of programs from Visual Quantum Mechanics. The tutorials leads to an applied homework on the laser. 
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Fourier transformAn introduction to Fourier transforms and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Students use Fourier transforms to describe localized particles and develop the concepts of the uncertainty principle. The tutorial uses two specially written spreadsheet analysis tools, written in Microsoft Excel. 
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Potential energy diagramsA tutorial on mostly classical potential energy diagrams. Students describe potential energy diagrams and contrast classical and quantum phenomena. MBL software from Vernier and a modified MBL setup are required for the computer version of the tutorial. 
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Shape of the wavefunctionA tutorial on understanding of wave functions based on careful interpretation of kinetic energy in the Schrödinger equation. Students build on their understanding of potential energy diagrams to discuss how energy levels affect the curvature of the wave function. 
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EigenvaluesA tutorial on allowable energy levels in a potential well. Students use numerical solutions for the wave function at different energy levels to show that only certain energy levels have physically meaningful results. The tutorial uses physlets (Java applets) that solve for the eigenvalues of different potential wells. 
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Quantum tunnelingA lesson on quantum tunneling. This tutorial is available in a noncomputer version and a version that uses a tunneling program that is part of the Visual Quantum Mechanics project. The tutorial leads to an applied homework on the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. 
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One dimensional model of molecular bondsA tutorial on a simple model of molecular bonding. Students build on their knowledge of wavefunctions to interpret the physics of two simple square wells as the distance between the wells varies. The tutorial uses physlets (Java applets) that solve for the eigenvalues of different potential wells. 
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Quantum model of polarizabilityA lesson on quantum bands in a simple onedimensional system. Students develop a quantum mechanical model of electron location in a 1D lattice with few atoms to account for macroscopic observations of polarization in substances. The tutorial makes use of programs from Visual Quantum Mechanics and the CUPS utilities. 
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LEDs and QM bandsA tutorial using light emitting diodes to discuss fundamental properties of quantum bands. Students develop the relationship between quantum bands and the light energy being shined on them. The tutorial makes use of lab equipment available at a typical electronics store. 
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Quantum model of conductivityA tutorial on band diagrams and conductivity. Students apply concepts of energy bands to macroscopic systems and discuss the consistency of the classical Drude and quantum mechanical band diagram description of electron flow. The tutorial is based on findings about student difficulties with concepts of conductivity. The tutorial leads to an applied homework on pnjunctions and diodes. 
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Semiclassical conductivityA tutorial on the Drude model and conducting systems. Students analyze current in terms of electron motion to develop the idea of interactions between lattice and electrons. The tutorial is based on findings about student difficulties with concepts of conductivity. 
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All of the tutorials included on the CD ROM in Adobe Reader format are also available in editable format. Browse to the folder "NewModel" > "Tutorials" on the CD, and you will find folders for each of the tutorials. These folders contain copies of the instructional materials editable in both Microsoft Word (all versions since 1997) and StarOffice 5.1 (for Windows). For more information on the two editing programs, see Word, by Microsoft, and StarOffice, by Sun. 


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