Physical Science 107

Welcome to Physical Science 107 — Current Public Issues in Physical Science. Two sections will be offered Spring 2012:PHY SCI 107 Rm 3833 Section C: 11:00 am to 12:20 pm MW Section H: 11:00 am to 12:20 pm TTh


Course Information

Course Catalog Description

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE 076 0107 - Current Public Issues in Physical Science
Interdisciplinary approach to physical sciences; current public issues serve as framework for course that covers earth sciences (conservation, pollution, space exploration) as well as other branches of science and social and humanistic aspects; integrates significant aspects of physical science with student's other studies as well as daily living. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. 3 credit hours, 3 lecture hours per week based on sixteen weeks.


Joy WalkerProf Joy Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3826B (Inside the Physical Science and Mathematics Departmental Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698

This photograph was taken in Alaska this summer while I was taking a course on glaciers. Awesome!

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday8:50 AM to 9:20 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday12:40 PM to 1:40 PM


I've been a teacher for over thirty years. It is my life's passion to share my enthusiasm for learning and for the physical sciences. I've taught many subjects: astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, web development and design, programming, electronics, urban gardening, food chemistry. I love to learn and share my discoveries with others.

Education is a difficult field to belong to these days. On one hand information is easy to access. If you want to learn something new you can probably find excellent instructions via videos and other media on the Internet - so why come to school? It is a fair question to ask. Enrolling in college classes involves you with a community of learners and the interesting word here is community. What does it mean to belong to a class - and to participate in a shared experience of learning?

My approach to teaching is multi-faceted. It seems to me that authentic experiences, tactile and immediate, are critical to building a connection between the learner and the subject. Certainly a love of the subject helps! Sometimes learners need structure and goals set externally to keep them moving through material. Sometimes learners need to be inspired and motivated.

What I bring to the courses I teach is experience, intense curiosity, passion for learning and a commitment to your success.


No textbook is required for this course but you are required to purchase a bound composition book (no spiral notebooks) to be used as a course journal.

journal notebook

Journal Instructions
Journal Checklist
Journal Rubric

Statement of Course Goal

The goal of this course is to inspire you and challenge you to learn about important issues based in the physical sciences such as anthropogenic climate change, soil chemistry and conservation, ocean chemistry and energy use and to gain a deeper understanding of the problems, solutions and controversies discussed in the news media.

Course Introduction

Notes from Introductory Powerpoint (9.4M)

Course Project

You will be expected to complete an original project in this course. More information can be found on the course project page.


International Websites

Government Organizations (.gov)

Organizations (.org)

Educational Organizations (.edu)

dot com websites (.com)



Articles of Interest



Recommended books and videos for Physical Science

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Student Services

The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assist students in achieving their academic and life goals.

Students with Disabilities

The Truman College Disability Access Center (DAC) verifies needs pursuant to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), determines student academic accommodations, and issues accommodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. The DAC is located in Room 1435, Main Bldg.

Tutoring Center

The tutoring center is located in room 177, Larry McKeon Student Services Building, (773) 907-4785 or (773) 907-4790.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO is for low-income students, first generation college students, or students with disabilities who need academic support: (773) 907-4797, Room 1435, Main Bldg. Registration is required at the start of each semester.

Student Success and Leadership Institute (SSLI)

SSLI is for students who need various other support services to achieve their educational goals: (773) 907-4737, Room 1435, Main Bldg.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides a variety of services at no cost for students including counseling, crisis intervention, support groups and more. (773) 907-4786, Room 1946, Main Bldg.