Prior knowledge needed for quantum mechanics

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In the last years, quantum mechanics has become part of many secondary school curricula. Teaching quantum mechanics at a conceptual level is a challenge, because of its counterintui-tive nature: research shows that students mix up concepts, and overgeneralize prior classical knowledge. In order to prevent this, it is important to show students how quantum mechanics relates to their prior knowledge. This contribution will give an example of how focus on prior knowledge of potential energy contributes to the understanding of quantum mechanics within the Dutch curriculum. This example illustrates the importance of a coherent physics curricu-lum for understanding quantum mechanics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventWorld Conference on Physics Education - Online, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Duration: 13 Dec 202116 Dec 2021
Conference number: 3


ConferenceWorld Conference on Physics Education
Abbreviated titleWCPE
Country/TerritoryViet Nam
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