Quantum Mechanics (QM) is the foundation for science and engineering disciplines as diverse as semiconductor physics, chemistry, and material science. However, educators face major challenges in teaching QM given the abstract, non-experiential and counter-intuitive nature of its concepts. Further, introductory quantum mechanics courses and texts predominantly focus on the mathematical formulations of the subject and lay less emphasis on its conceptual understanding. As a result students often struggle to develop robust conceptual mental models of QM concepts.
We are exploring supporting material such as interactive visualizations and games for teaching and learning quantum mechanics. Digital artifacts such as these have the potential to facilitate an experiential and conceptual learning of QM. They can immerse their audience in fantasy worlds unlike those experienced in reality where players can observe, experiment with and get “used to” new rules and different phenomena. Further, the inherently repetitive nature of games is conducive to learning complex concepts such as probability. Check out our digital artifacts at learnqm.gatech.edu!