Professor Debora M. Katz
Professor Debora M. Katz

Professor Debora M. Katz

Physics Department
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis MD, 21402


410-293-6656
dkatz@usna.edu






Spring Semester Classes

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

Course Policy Statement

Syllabus

Homework instructions

Participation sheet instructions

I am currently teaching SP211 (Physics I). The following documents were handed out on during the first week of class:

Course Policy Statement

Syllabus

Term Project Instructions

Equation Sheet

Group study extra credit sheets

Here are some extra handouts that will help you study:

Constant acceleration problem solving strategy

Newton's second law problem solving strategy

Example term projects:

Example 1 and Example 2

Last Semester

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

Syllabus

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 Lesson 11 Lesson 12
Lesson 13

Lesson 14 

and Extra Problems Ch5.36.37.42

Lesson 15 Lesson 16
Lesson 17 and Problems 68, 69 Lesson 18 Lesson 19 Lesson 20
Lesson 21 Lesson 22 Lesson 23

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) Ch 4: 42, 47 (13OCT) Ch 4: 54, 58 (15OCT)
Ch 5: 23 and 24 (22OCT)  Ch 5: 34, 50 and 52 (05NOV) Ch 5: 59, 60,61, 62 (12NOV) Ch 6: 14, 15, and 17 (24NOV)

Ch 6: 21, 24, 32, 35

(03DEC)

Ch 7: 20, 32, 37 (10DEC)

Same as Test 4

Talks:

Motivating students with Case Studies

AAPT talk Portland, 2013

Projects:

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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