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.

Instructor

Joy WalkerProf J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
jwalker@ccc.edu
Office: 3824/3826 (Main Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698
Website: JustOnly.com

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) by appointment. You may call (872) 216-1317 to leave messages.

I've been teaching at Truman College in Uptown, Chicago since 1982. Around the year 2000 I spent six years in administration, a valuable experience but ultimately not the path I wanted to follow. During the time that I was in administration I continued to teach courses in web development. I then returned to my first love - chemistry.

I have a Master's Degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I am self-taugh in programming and web development. I speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and some German. I am working on learning Arabic. My interests include: Chemsitry, Cooking, Education, Foreign Languages, Physical Sciences (all of them!) Urban Gardening and Web Development (Visual Display of Information).

My experience has taught me that the ways students learn best depend on many factors. It is my opinion that a teacher must find the best approach for each individual. I've found that a high-tech, high-touch approach is very effective. Various technologies are a great tools for learning but virtual reality is no substitute for tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves or experience the world through the visceral senses of smell and touch. My approach requires laboratory notebooks or journals in my classes. I love to involve students in classroom demonstrations. I think laboratory work is extremely important in science. What I recommend for every student is to remember what it felt like to have the curiosity of a child - and find that curiosity again! The world is truly amazing.

I believe we are reaching a very important crossroads in the evolution of our species and a knowledge of chemistry will be essential. We face serious challenges that are global in scope. We must learn to work together as humans for the greater good of our planet and humankind. What could be more important than understanding the nature of matter itself - what we all clearly have in common!

Textbook

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.

Resources

International Websites

Government Organizations (.gov)

Organizations (.org)

Educational Organizations (.edu)

dot com websites (.com)

People

News

Articles of Interest

Simulations

Bookstore

Recommended books and videos for Physical Science

Truman College Mission Statement

"Our Mission dedicates us to deliver high-quality, innovative, affordable and accessible educational opportunities and services that prepare students for a rapidly changing and diverse global economy."

FERPA

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html. Faculty cannot reveal information about students, or discuss student records over the phone or unsecure e-mail. CCC student e-mail meets FERPA requirements.

Student Services

The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assest 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 accomodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. Linda Ford is the director. 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 educatinal 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.