Professor Debora M. Katz
Professor Debora M. Katz

Professor Debora M. Katz

Physics Department
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis MD, 21402


Current Classes

I am currently teaching SP327 (20th Century Physics). The following documents were handed out on the first day of class:


Course Policy Statement

Here are my powerpoint slides

Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4
Lesson 5 (including handouts) Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8
Lesson 9 Lesson 10

Here are the homework assignments

Ch 2: 24, 25, 33 (03SEP) Ch 2: 53, 59, 65 (15SEP) Ch2: 85, 91, 99 (22SEP) Ch 3: 11, 12, 16, 20, 24 (29SEP)
Ch 3: 31, 41, 44 (06OCT) Ch 4: 13, 15, 33, 36 (08OCT)


Motivating students with Case Studies

AAPT talk Portland, 2013


The Centennial Bulb has been illuminated for over 110 years. My students and I have run some tests on its sister bulbs.

External Links and References to Case Studies and Project-based Learning:

Roger Schank advocates completely rethinking education. He proposes entirely project-based curricula.

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has a collection of cases.

Colorado State University has a nice one-page introduction to using case studies in education. From the main page, click on the site index, and find “case studies (writing guide)”.

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