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Attending to experimental physics practices and lifelong learning skills in an introductory laboratory course
We have designed an introductory laboratory course that engaged first-year undergraduate students in two complementary types of iteration: (1) iterative improvement of experiments through cycles of
Investigating the Role of Model-Based Reasoning While Troubleshooting an Electric Circuit.
We explore the overlap of two nationally-recognized learning outcomes for physics lab courses, namely, the ability to model experimental systems and the ability to troubleshoot a malfunctioning
Attending to lifelong learning skills through guided reflection in a physics class
We describe a tool, the Guided Reflection Form (GRF), which was used to promote reflection in a modeling-based physics course. Each week, students completed a guided reflection and received feedback
Dynamical realization of macroscopic superposition states of cold bosons in a tilted double well
We present exact expressions for the quantum sloshing of Bose-Einstein condensates in a tilted two-well potential. Tunneling is suppressed by a small potential difference between wells, or tilt.
Macroscopic superposition of ultracold atoms with orbital degrees of freedom
We introduce higher dimensions into the problem of Bose-Einstein condensates in a double-well potential, taking into account orbital angular momentum. We completely characterize the eigenstates of
Investigating student ownership of projects in an upper-division physics lab course
In undergraduate research experiences, student development of an identity as a scientist is coupled to their sense of ownership of their research projects. As a a first step towards studying similar
The role of metacognition in troubleshooting: an example from electronics
Students in physics laboratory courses, particularly at the upper division, are often expected to engage in troubleshooting. Although there are numerous ways in which students may proceed when
Observation of a large atomic parity violation effect in ytterbium.
Atomic parity violation has been observed in the 6s(2 1)S(0)-->5d6s(3)D(1) 408-nm forbidden transition of ytterbium, which constitutes the largest atomic parity-violating amplitude yet observed.
Student ownership of projects in an upper-division optics laboratory course: A multiple case study of successful experiences
We investigate students' sense of ownership of multiweek final projects in an upper-division optics lab course. Using a multiple case study approach, we describe three student projects in detail.