Feynman's Sum Over Paths Quantum Theory"
Edwin F. Taylor, Stamatis Vokos, John M. O'Meara, and Nora S. Thornber
Computers in Physics, Vol 12, No. 2, Mar/Apr 1998, pages 190 thru 199
We outline an introduction to quantum mechanics based on the sum over paths
method originated by Richard P. Feynman. Students use software with a graphics
interface to model sums associated with multiple paths for photons and
electrons, leading to the concepts of electron wave function, the propagator,
bound states, and stationary states. Material in the first portion of this
outline has been tried with an audience of high school science teachers.
These students were enthusiastic about the treatment, and we feel that
it has promise for the education of physicists and other scientists, as
well as for distribution to a wider audience.
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