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written by Paula R. L. Heron and Marisa Michelini
The Physics Education Group at the University of Udine (Italy) has developed materials suitable for introducing high school students (and teachers) to the ideas of quantum physics in which the principle of superposition plays a central role. The materials engage students in experimentation and discussion in the context of polarization as a quantum property of light. Students explore this phenomenon through ideal simple experiments involving interactions of single photons with polaroids and birefringent materials (calcite crystals). The states of polarization of light are described in quantum terms by two-dimensional vector spaces (as it is possible for spin). This description offers a simplified way to understand their vector nature that describes the properties of quantum states. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to conduct simple experiments and learn about the instructional path and research results that support its effectiveness.
2014 PhysTEC Conference
Austin, TX: May 19-20, 2014
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P. Heron and M. Michelini, presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, 2014, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13283&DocID=3824).
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P. Heron and M. Michelini, Introduction to the Ideas of Quantum Physics for High School Students and Teachers, presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, 2014, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13283&DocID=3824>.
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Heron, P., & Michelini, M. (2014, May 19-20). Introduction to the Ideas of Quantum Physics for High School Students and Teachers. Paper presented at 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13283&DocID=3824
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Heron, Paula, and Marisa Michelini. "Introduction to the Ideas of Quantum Physics for High School Students and Teachers." Paper presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, May 19-20, 2014. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13283&DocID=3824 (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Heron, Paula, and Marisa Michelini. "Introduction to the Ideas of Quantum Physics for High School Students and Teachers." 2014 PhysTEC Conference. Austin, TX: 2014. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13283&DocID=3824>.
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