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Learning difficulties in the interpretation of Feynman diagrams

Dec 15, 2021, 12:00 PM
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Presentations in Wroclaw 20. Contemporary physics and modern physics in schools and universities Parallel 7 - Wroclaw


Philipp Lindenau (Technische Universitaet Dresden (DE))


Feynman diagrams are an essential part of theoretical elementary particle physics but they are also used in popular science publications as well as in scholar teaching. In an exploratory research study, questionnaires were presented to teachers and university students in which simple Feynman diagrams were to be interpreted and judged concerning their usability at school. In particular, topologically equivalent diagrams with different line geometry and different visualizations of the time direction were used. In the responses, general as well as visualization-specific potential learning difficulties and misconceptions were identified and categorized.

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Philipp Lindenau (Technische Universitaet Dresden (DE)) Michael Kobel (Technische Universitaet Dresden (DE)) Gesche Pospiech

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