Event Title

Investigating Upper-Division Students' Scientific Modeling Practices in the Context of Molecular Vibrations.

Research Mentor(s)

Marc Muniz

Description

The development of students’ scientific modeling practices is crucial for their success as a future professional in the scientific community. Quantum chemistry is a domain in which there are many challenges for learners including, but not limited to, the abstract nature of the subject and the high levels of mathematization required to fully engage in the modeling practice. Our initial work on characterizing students’ scientific modeling practices in this domain has uncovered significant fragmentation of students’ understanding, and general difficulties related to choosing appropriate model components (e.g. mathematical expressions). Given these findings we have developed, and piloted a harmonic oscillator think aloud interview to look deeper into what part of molecular vibrations is misunderstood.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2018

End Date

May 2018

Department

Chemistry

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Language

English

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Investigating Upper-Division Students' Scientific Modeling Practices in the Context of Molecular Vibrations.

The development of students’ scientific modeling practices is crucial for their success as a future professional in the scientific community. Quantum chemistry is a domain in which there are many challenges for learners including, but not limited to, the abstract nature of the subject and the high levels of mathematization required to fully engage in the modeling practice. Our initial work on characterizing students’ scientific modeling practices in this domain has uncovered significant fragmentation of students’ understanding, and general difficulties related to choosing appropriate model components (e.g. mathematical expressions). Given these findings we have developed, and piloted a harmonic oscillator think aloud interview to look deeper into what part of molecular vibrations is misunderstood.