Students tend to use classical intuitions to think about quantum problems
- For the tunneling problem, many students think that the energy of the particle is lost in tunneling through the barrier.
- In the interview, half of the students (3/6)
- Sample responses:
- “since it tunneled through the barrier, it got to lose some energy.”
- “beam A loses more KE than bean B because EA < U0.”
- “there is decay here for the energy in the barrier…”