We present a research-based teaching sequence in introductory quantum physics using the Feynman sum over paths approach. Our reconstruction avoids the historical pathway, and starts by reconsidering optics from the standpoint of the quantum nature of light, analysing both traditional and modern experiments. The core of our educational path lies in the treatment of conceptual and epistemological themes, peculiar of quantum theory, based on evidence from quantum optics, such as the single photon Mach–Zehnder and Zhou–Wang–Mandel experiments. The sequence is supported by a collection of interactive simulations, realized in the open source GeoGebra environment, which we used to assist students in learning the basics of the method, and help them explore the proposed experimental situations as modeled in the sum over paths perspective. We tested our approach in the context of a post-graduate training course for pre-service physics teachers; according to the data we collected, student teachers displayed a greatly improved understanding of conceptual issues, and acquired significant abilities in using the sum over path method for problem solving.

Teaching quantum physics by the sum over paths approach and GeoGebra simulations / Malgieri, Massimiliano; Onorato, Pasquale; De Ambrosis, Anna. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. - ISSN 0143-0807. - 35:(2014), p. 055024. [10.1088/0143-0807/35/5/055024]

Teaching quantum physics by the sum over paths approach and GeoGebra simulations

Onorato, Pasquale;
2014-01-01

Abstract

We present a research-based teaching sequence in introductory quantum physics using the Feynman sum over paths approach. Our reconstruction avoids the historical pathway, and starts by reconsidering optics from the standpoint of the quantum nature of light, analysing both traditional and modern experiments. The core of our educational path lies in the treatment of conceptual and epistemological themes, peculiar of quantum theory, based on evidence from quantum optics, such as the single photon Mach–Zehnder and Zhou–Wang–Mandel experiments. The sequence is supported by a collection of interactive simulations, realized in the open source GeoGebra environment, which we used to assist students in learning the basics of the method, and help them explore the proposed experimental situations as modeled in the sum over paths perspective. We tested our approach in the context of a post-graduate training course for pre-service physics teachers; according to the data we collected, student teachers displayed a greatly improved understanding of conceptual issues, and acquired significant abilities in using the sum over path method for problem solving.
2014
Malgieri, Massimiliano; Onorato, Pasquale; De Ambrosis, Anna
Teaching quantum physics by the sum over paths approach and GeoGebra simulations / Malgieri, Massimiliano; Onorato, Pasquale; De Ambrosis, Anna. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. - ISSN 0143-0807. - 35:(2014), p. 055024. [10.1088/0143-0807/35/5/055024]
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