No Access Submitted: 28 July 2011 Accepted: 13 October 2011 Published Online: 20 January 2012
American Journal of Physics 80, 148 (2012); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3657800
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  • Antje Kohnle
  • Donatella Cassettari
  • Tom J. Edwards
  • Callum Ferguson
  • Alastair D. Gillies
  • Christopher A. Hooley
  • Natalia Korolkova
  • Joseph Llama
  • Bruce D. Sinclair
We describe a collection of interactive animations and visualizations for teaching quantum mechanics. The animations can be used at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Each animation includes a step-by-step exploration that explains the key points. The animations and instructor resources are freely available. By using a diagnostic survey, we report substantial learning gains for students who have worked with the animations.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the UK Higher Education Academy, which funded this project as a Physical Sciences Subject Centre Development Project 2009/10 and 2011/12, and the support through the University of St. Andrews Fund for Initiatives in Learning, Teaching, and Assessment. They thank Aleksejs Fomins, David Canning, and Liam Atkinson, outstanding summer students who created many of the animations. They are grateful to Dr. Judy Hardy for organizing the observation sessions at the University of Edinburgh. They thank the anonymous referees for their helpful comments. Instructors can email the corresponding author for a password to access the instructor resources.
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