A New Model Course in Applied Quantum Physics
E.F. Redish, R.N. Steinberg, M.C. Wittmann

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 Student Misunderstanding of the Quantum Wavefunction

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Table of Contents

Title Page


Instructional and Research Setting

Our Research Focus

Sources of Data

Tunneling the potential barrier

Reflections on the potential steps

Wavefunction in a potential well (Interview S98)

Using classical intuition in quantum problems

Classical intuition in quantum problems, part 2

Relationship between energy and wavefunction

Psi amplitude analogous to energy/KE

Holding inconsistent models

Summary of student difficulties

Implications of research

Summary of presetn status

Author: Lei Bao

Email: lbao@physics.umd.edu

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.