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Dr. Garett Yoder

Garett Yoder
  • Professor
  • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • M.S., Auburn University
  • B.S., Goshen College


Contact Information

  • Department: Physics & Astronomy
  • Office: Science 3166
  • Mailing Address: Science 3140
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-1527


Dr. Yoder’s training is in theoretical/computational solid state physics, where he worked on applying density functional theory (an approximation method in quantum mechanics of a many body system) to different types of materials, especially conjugated semi‐conducting polymers, to predict their electronic properties.

Now, however, Dr. Yoder spends most of his research activity on Physics Education Research. He is co‐Principal Investigator on an National Science Foundation Grant that changed our introductory physics courses to a new active‐learning approach with the laboratory activities integrated with lecture and problem‐solving activities. He has currently submitted a paper for review to The Physics Teacher about some of the innovative activities that have been developed in this grant.

Also, Dr. Yoder is working on novel approaches to teach Quantum Physics to upper‐level undergraduates. In 2006, The American Journal of Physics (AJP) published a paper based on some of the novel techniques he is using in his quantum class. He hopes one day to author a textbook in this subject.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
PHY 132College Physics IIMTWRF 8:30am-11:30am New Science Building 3121Summer 2019
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