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Computing in Science and Engineering
Physlets for Quantum Mechanics
written by Mario Belloni and Wolfgang Christian
This article presents the use of Physlet-based questions with proven pedagogical techniques to improve student conceptual understanding. Physlet problems are used in a Just-in-Time-Teaching approach. Most examples are from a senior level quantum mechanics class, although examples in introductory mechanics are also shown. Results of pre/post testing using the Quantum Mechanics Visualization Instrument (QMVI) show significant gain in understanding. Comparison is made with other QMVI results from undergraduate and graduate students.

This article was cited as the best education article in the journal Computers in Science and Engineering for the American Institute of Physics' 75th anniversary. This citation is given below under Annotations.
Computing in Science and Engineering: Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 90-96
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Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
Quantum Physics
- Bound State Systems
- Scattering and Unbound Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Instructor Guide/Manual
- Reference Material
= Research study
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- Professional/Practitioners
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educational aids, educational computing, energy states, interactive simulation, interactive systems, potential energy functions, quantum theory, wave functions
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Metadata instance created August 2, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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December 8, 2008 by David Winch
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Best Education Article, Computers in Science and Engineering (Publisher: Computers in Science and Engineering)

This article appeared in our Education Department and incorporates all of the content elements that make a complete instrument of use to educators. In addition, its computational theme of modular, web-based applets was extremely timely. Together these made this an outstanding article. In particular, the elements span the entire gamut from pedagogy to technology, all of which need to be considered together for an instructor to understand the applets not just as a technological curiosity, but to visualize the implications they have for supporting particular kinds of instructional methodologies, in this case "just in time teaching".

The latter are a recent result of experimental research in teaching and learning, and this article combines that result with the applet concept, itself a result of itself a result of experimental development in software engineering. By bringing these results together, this article meets the ideal framed by the mission of CiSE as a publication.

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M. Belloni and W. Christian, , Comp. Sci. Eng. 5 (1), 90 (2003), WWW Document, (
M. Belloni and W. Christian, Physlets for Quantum Mechanics, Comp. Sci. Eng. 5 (1), 90 (2003), <>.
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Belloni, M., & Christian, W. (2003, January 1). Physlets for Quantum Mechanics. Comp. Sci. Eng., 5(1), 90-96. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from
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Belloni, Mario, and Wolfgang Christian. "Physlets for Quantum Mechanics." Comp. Sci. Eng. 5, no. 1, (January 1, 2003): 90-96, (accessed 22 July 2024).
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Belloni, Mario, and Wolfgang Christian. "Physlets for Quantum Mechanics." Comp. Sci. Eng. 5.1 (2003): 90-96. 22 July 2024 <>.
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@article{ Author = "Mario Belloni and Wolfgang Christian", Title = {Physlets for Quantum Mechanics}, Journal = {Comp. Sci. Eng.}, Volume = {5}, Number = {1}, Pages = {90-96}, Month = {January}, Year = {2003} }
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