Using quantum games to teach quantum mechanics, part 1

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Abstract

The learning of quantum mechanics is contingent upon an understanding of the physical significance of the mathematics that one must perform. Concepts such as normalization, superposition, interference, probability amplitude, and entanglement can prove challenging for the beginning student. Several class activities that use a nonclassical version of tic-tac-toe are described to introduce several topics in an undergraduate quantum mechanics course. Quantum tic-tac-toe (QTTT) is a quantum analogue of classical tic-tac-toe (CTTT) and can be used to demonstrate the use of superposition in movement, qualitative (and later quantitative) displays of entanglement, and state collapse due to observation. QTTT can be used to aid student understanding in several other topics with the aid of proper discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • First-Year Undergraduate/General
  • Hands-On Learning/Manipulatives
  • High School/Introductory Chemistry
  • Humor/Puzzles/Games
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Upper-Division Undergraduate

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  • Education

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Using quantum games to teach quantum mechanics, part 1. / Hoehn, Ross; MacK, Nick; Kais, Sabre.

In: Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 91, No. 3, 11.03.2014, p. 417-422.

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