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  Session: Upper Division and Graduate Courses and Labs
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Teaching Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Statistical Mechanics to Sophomores
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:30PM
  Author: Deepthi Amarasuriya, Northwest College
(307)754-6454, deepthi.amarasuriya@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Most students are introduced to topics in quantum mechanics as sophomores, in Modern Physics. This material relies heavily on concepts and techniques covered in Differential Equations I, and Linear Algebra, which students may be taking concurrently, as well as on partial differential equations, special functions, and probability distributions, which are commonly taught at the junior level. I present some strategies I have successfully implemented in Modern Physics that help me teach the material effectively while helping students build the requisite mathematical foundation.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Amarasuriya-AAPT_14.pptx

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