Learning activities in constructivist environments are characterized by active engagement, inquiry, problem solving, and collaboration with peers. The 5E learning cycle is a student-centered instructional model for constructivism, where the students perform five phases of instruction: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, Evaluation. The purpose of this contribution is to present a 5E-based learning path of advanced physics aimed at strengthening Physics/Engineering student understanding about the quantum Hall effect, a phenomenon observed at low temperatures in a two-dimensional electron gas subject to a strong perpendicular magnetic field. The quantum Hall effect, a rare example of microscopic effects observable on a macroscopic scale, allows us to establish very precise values of microscopic quantities, such as the electron charge and the Planck constant. In the present learning path, we stimulate a discussion about the integer and fractional quantum Hall effects, aimed at introducing a unified picture based upon composite fermions, interacting quasiparticles that may be viewed as fermions carrying attached a fictitious magnetic flux. Finally, we discuss the quantum effect in graphene, the ‘miracle material’ for its unique and exceptional properties.
|Title of host publication||Concepts, Strategies and Models to Enhance Physics Teaching and Learning|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|