Foundations
Blackbody Radiation
George M. Shalhoub, La Salle University
Provides students with a hands on exploration of the BlackBody radiation concept and the functions used to describe that radiation.
Examples of common quantum mechanical procedures and calculations carried out in Mathcad
Erica Harvey, Fairmont State University
A Mathcad template that provides students with instruction for using Mathcad to perform several basic quantum mechanical calculatons.
Exploring Orthonormal Functions JCE
Theresa Julia Zielinski, Monmouth University
A Mathcad template that provides students with quided inquiry practice with orthonormal functions.
Exploring the Harmonic Oscillator Wave Function Components JCE
Theresa Julia Zielinski, Monmouth University
A Mathcad template that provides students with guided inquiry practice with harmonic oscillator wave functions.
Exploring the Uncertainty Principle JCE
Franklin M.C. Chen, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Students uses two Gaussian functions to explore the uncertainty principle. Students build a linear combination of orthogonal particle-in-a-box eigenfunctions to represent the Gaussian functions. They discover that a Gaussian function with smaller standard deviation requires more eigenfunctions to build than that with a larger standard deviation. Students are guided to discover the relationship between position and momentum uncertainty to a given wavefunction.
Illustrating the Bohr Correspondence Principle JCE
Glenn V. Lo, Nicholls State University
This document introduces the Bohr Correspondence Principle. In an incomplete student document students relate nodal features of the wavefunction to the quantum number (n), interpret the square of the wavefunction as probability density, and learn that QM can be interpreted to agree with CM in a case that is adequately described by Kinetic Molecular Theory. A completed version of the document is available for teachers.
Playing with Waves
Theresa Julia Zielinski, Monmouth University
A Mathcad template that provides students with quided inquiry practice to learn about wave behavior. This documents serves as a review and extends the lessons to include creation of left and right moving waves, standing waves from traveling waves and the Euler relation.