Dr. Carl S. Schneider
Professor of Physics
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U. S. Naval Academy
572 Holloway Road;
Annapolis, MD 21402
FAX: 410-293-3729
email: schneide@usna.edu

Critical Thinking at the Naval Academy

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Ph.D. in Physics finished in September 1968 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under advisor Clifford G. Shull, the 1994 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Thesis title was "Forward Magnetic Scattering Amplitude of Iron for Thermal Neutrons by Prism Refraction". M.S. thesis on two gamma decay of p0 mesons was completed in June, 1965, also at MIT. Undergraduate degree was a B.A. in Physics in June 1963 from The Johns Hopkins University under advisor Franco Dino Rassetti, co-discoveror of neutron induced fission with Fermi.


I use MIDS to schedule Michelson Hall Classrooms , Final Exam Rooms, XWeek and Physics department teaching schedules, and coordinate, develop and purchase new classroom demonstrations and advise faculty on their use. Classroom Requirements by course are described for each department.  SP211 and SP212 courses in basic physics at the Naval Academy use Peer Instruction by Professor Eric Mazur of Harvard. I have developed questions on text readings, demonstrations and concepts for SP211 and SP212, implemented with ClassTalk, a classroom computer system to interact with midshipmen.
My Course Policy stresses concepts, laws, definitions and problem solving. My philosophy is to enable independent academic thought and action in midshipmen. My teaching schedule is one section each of SP211 and SP212 meeting first and second periods. My past Courses Taught are listed here. Validator Schedule
Midshipman Research Opportunities include work with Trident Scholars Liz Belzer ('80, first woman to graduate from USNA)and John Richardson ('82) on stress-induced changes in ship magnetic signatures. Gas Mileage is a demonstration for midshipman study which models gas mileage for an automobile. Understanding uncertainty is the laboratory is essential to understanding physics.


From 1968 to 1976 I performed neutron scattering measurements at the National Bureau of Standards, making the most precise nuclear scattering amplitude measurement ever. Since 1976 I have worked with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Annapolis, Maryland and the Office of Naval Research on magnetic signatures of ships including magnetostatics, magnetoelastic instability, minesweeping and degaussing, matrix degaussing and the theory of the jumping ring, which contributes to electric drive, conceiving the cooperative theory of ferromagnetic hysteresis and integrating Brown irreversible and Bozorth reversible ferromagnetoelasticity.
Publications (primary author first) Other publications
Carl S. Schneider, "Domain cooperation in ferromagnetic hysteresis," Journal of Applied Physics, 89, 1281-1286 (2001) Carl S. Schneider, "Role of reversible susceptibility in ferromagnetic hysteresis,"Journal of Applied Physics, 91, 7637-7639 (2002)
Carl S. Schneider and John P. Ertel, "A Classroom Jumping Ring," American Journal of Physics, 66, 686-692 (1998) Carl S. Schneider, inventor, "Closed-Loop Multi-Sensor Control System and Method," U.S.Patent 5,189,590for degaussing ships, 23 February, 1993.
Carl S. Schneider, Paula Y. Cannell and Kimball T. Watts, "Magnetoelasticity for Large Stresses," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 28, 2626-2631 (1992) C.S. Schneider and C.G. Shull, "Forward Magnetic Scattering Amplitude of Iron for Thermal Neutrons," Physical Review B, 3, 830-835 (1971)


1998 Naval Academy Curriculum Development grant to develop Classtalk questions for basic physics instruction
1976 Naval Academy Instructional Development grant for Videotape Development for Faculty Use
1973 Naval Academy Research Council grant for Neutron Refraction Measurements
1976-2001 Naval Surface Warfare Center, grants for ship magnetism research
1974-1976 National Science Foundation grant in support of Thermal Neutron Refraction, the first NSF grant to the Naval Academy.
1968-1972 National Bureau of Standards grants for Thermal Neutron Refractometer Development


1986-1996 Director and Associate Dean of Research, USNA
1983-1986 Member and Chair of Naval Academy Trident Scholar Committee
1976-1986 Secretary to Faculty Forum, Member Civilian Faculty Affairs Committee
1984-1986 National Sigma Xi delegate and Regional Secretary
1979-1981 President/Vice-President of USNA Sigma Xi chapter, leading club to chapter status
1976-1986 Faculty Development Committee, Rhodes Scholar Committee Instructional Development Advisory Committee, Member

Honors and Awards

1998 Frank R. Haig Prize, Best College and University paper, Chesapeake AAPT Meeting
1996 Mine Warfare Association, Honorary life member
1988 Phi Kappa Phi
1980 Who's Who in the East
1968 American Association of Physics Teachers
1963 American Physical Society
1996 Charles Rowzee Award, Best Technical Paper, Mine Warfare Symposium, Monterey CA
1995 Meritorius Civilan Service Award, Department of the Navy
1982-1983 Visiting Research Fellow, Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment, Portland, Dorset, England
1975 Outstanding Young Men in America
1965 Sigma Xi
1963 Phi Beta Kappa

Community Activities

1986- Annapolis Rotary Club, 1995 Community Program Director
1979 Soccer Coach, Cape St. Claire Recreation Council
1972-1974 Vice-President, Broadneck Jaycees
1984 Secretary, Boy Scout Troop 783
1974-1976 President, Broadneck Federation of Communities
1972-1974 Vice-President, Cape St. Claire Improvement Association