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 Catalog Description
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.
Prof J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3826B (Inside the Physical Science and Mathematics Departmental Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698
Office Hours: M-Th: 1:00 to 2:00
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 - physical sciences.
I have a Master's Degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I am self-taught in programming and web development. I speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and some German. I am working on learning Arabic. My interests include: Chemistry, 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 the physical sciences 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!
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.
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.
You will be expected to complete an original project in this course. More information can be found on the course project page.
- U.S. Energy Geography
- Global Energy Statistical Yearbook 2011
- Comparitive Map of the Atmosphere (originally from NASA 1962 data via Wikipedia: Earth's atmosphere)
- Geological Time Scale
- Climate Map
- Estimated U.S. Energy Use in 2010
- Energy Use, Google Public Data
Government Organizations (.gov)
- Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
- 21st Century Energy Challenges (video)
- United States Geological Survey
- National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Energy Flow
- NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
- Online School for Weather
- National Snow and Ice Date Center: Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis
- American Museum of Natural History (Science)
- The Post Carbon Reader
- America's Power
- Chicago Climate Reaction
Educational Organizations (.edu)
- LEARN: Atmospheric Science Explorers - Cycles of the Atmosphere
- Drought Monitor
- Cameron Douglas Craig - Eastern Illinois University - video series
dot com websites (.com)
- USA Today
- The Wall Street Journal
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post
- Chicago Tribune
- Chicago Sun-Times
- Science Daily
- Le Monde
- The Independent
- National Geographic Daily News: Energy
Articles of Interest
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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.
The tutoring center is located in room 177, Larry McKeon Student Services Building, (773) 907-4785 or (773) 907-4790.
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Student Success and Leadership Institute (SSLI)
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