Professor Debora M. Katz

Professor Debora M. Katz

Physics Department
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis MD, 21402



Current Classes

I am currently teaching SP212 (Physics II). The following documents were handed out on the first day of class:

Course policy statement


Term project instructions and grading rubric

HOMEWORK: Homework problems are not graded for credit, but you may receive extra credit.  Homework problems may be completed using WileyPlus

Extra credit: You can earn extra credit by studying physics with your group. Just complete this form.

TERM PROJECT: The term project is an individual project that counts the same as an in class, one-hour test. No group grade is given on the term project. You may consult with any living or nonliving source, but all sources must be listed in your references. You must describe the contribution living sources made to your work. Term projects completed by former students may be found in Ch 256. You are welcome to read these terms projects in the room, but do not remove them from the room. A few sample projects are linked here.

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I am also teaching SP446 Astrophysics II.  The following documents were handed out on the first day of class:

Course policy statement


Class participation: The course structure is a flipped classroom. Each student must be an active participate. Bring your textbook and calculator to each class. You are expected to read the textbook before class. Take notes on your reading. Come to class prepared to discuss the most important points. Bring your questions. We will discuss the reading and work on problems in pairs or teams in class. You will be graded on your class participation and readiness.


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

My Work on Case Studies in Physics Education:

I gave a webinar on using case studies in introductory physics entitled Motivating Students in Introductory Physics

I also gave a talk at AAPT in Portland, OR in July, 2013 on Using Historical Case Studies in Introductory Physics

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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