No Access Submitted: 15 September 2007 Accepted: 06 January 2008 Published Online: 12 March 2008
American Journal of Physics 76, 400 (2008); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2837812
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We discuss the development and evaluation of quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs), which are suitable for undergraduate courses in quantum mechanics. QuILTs are based on the investigation of student difficulties in learning quantum physics. They exploit computer-based visualization tools and help students build links between the formal and conceptual aspects of quantum physics without compromising the technical content. They can be used both as supplements to lectures or as self-study tools.
The author is very grateful to Mario Belloni and Wolfgang Christian for their help in developing and adapting their open source physics simulations for QuILTs. The author also thanks Albert Huber for the Mach–Zehnder interferometer simulation and to Klaus Muthsam for the double slit simulation. The author thanks all the faculty who have administered different versions of QuILTs in their classrooms. We thank Y. Beck for help in developing some of the tutorials. This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation awards NSF-PHY-055434 and NSF-PHY-0653129.
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