Assessing expertise in quantum mechanics using categorization task

Shih Yin Lin, Chandralekha Singh

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Abstract

We discuss the categorization of 20 quantum mechanics problems by 6 physics professors and 22 undergraduate students from two honors-level quantum mechanics courses. Professors and students were asked to categorize the problems based upon similarity of solution. We also had individual discussions with professors who categorized the problems. Faculty members' categorizations were overall rated better than those of students by three faculty members who evaluated all of the categorizations. But the categories created by faculty members were more diverse compared to the uniformity of the categories they created when asked to categorize introductory mechanics problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER
Pages185-188
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms - Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: 2009 Jul 292009 Jul 30

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1179
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Period09-07-2909-07-30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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