This paper describes the process of writing a quantum mechanics concept inventory concerning one-dimensional potential barriers, tunneling and probability distributions. It also explores some of the related alternative conceptions, and presents the results of 216 inventory questionnaires distributed to four groups of students.
One main result is that the question context is important for the models used when answering. The survey results show the alternative conceptions of energy loss due to tunneling and the view of a probability density peak as an indivisible entity are quite common (about 40 and 30 percent of the students, respectively).
Academic Department: Physics
Falk, J. (2004, January 1). Developing a quantum mechanics concept inventory (Masters, Uppsala University, 2004). Retrieved July 30, 2021, from http://johanfalk.net/content/developing-a-quantum-mechanics-concept-inventory
%0 Thesis %A Falk, Johan %D January 1, 2004 %T Developing a quantum mechanics concept inventory %B Physics %I Uppsala University %P 63 %8 January 1, 2004 %9 Masters %U http://johanfalk.net/content/developing-a-quantum-mechanics-concept-inventory
Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.