OTERO Maria Rita
StudentsInterpretations of Quantum Mechanics Concepts from Feynman's Sum of all Paths Applied to Light
FANARO, M. A.; ARLEGO, M.; OTERO, M. R.; ELGUE, M.
International Journal of Physics and Chemistry Education
Año: 2018 vol. 10 p. 1 - 7
We analyse part of the implementation of a didactic sequence to teach different aspects of light in a unified non traditional framework. The goal was to propose the quantum theory of light as a universal framework to describe different phenomena observed. The laws of quantum mechanics for light using Feynman ́s ?Sum of all Paths? approach adapted to the mathematical level of the students was proposed as a model to explain the experiences. This particular denomination of Feynman ́s approach is an intentional choice to avoid the language of "integral" because the students haven´t had calculus. Graphic representations and basic operations with vectors capturing the essential aspects of the theory, were used. Simulations made with the software GeoGebra(R) and Modellus were created to help students visualize the formulation. The sequence was carried out in four courses (aged 15-16). For the data analysis, an answer categorization was formulated, considering among other aspects the quantum reformulation of experiment shown herein. This analysis seeks to understand the student ́s conceptualization process about quantum interpretation. The results support the conclusion that the conceptualization is complex, and slow, due to both the concepts involved and the representation systems demanded by the situations.