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2013 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
We explain the appropriate use of pipe cleaners to represent quantum wave functions in terms of material anchors. We then analyze the actions of one undergraduate quantum mechanics student in an oral exam situation with two related tasks, both involving the visualization of a 3-d structure to represent the real and imaginary parts of the wave function on one spatial coordinate. Instruction before the exam included several in-class activities involving building 3-d representations of wavedoi:10.1119/perc.2013.pr.069 fatcat:fggo5w5pbjhubnouqez4e3iwhy