Physical Science


Welcome to Physical Science 111 — General Course I. Class meets from 8:30 am until 10:50 am on Monday and Wednesday in Room 3833. Class begins January 13th. This is a general science course for non-science majors. We spend the first half of the course studying Geology. We then divide the remaining time between the study of Meteorology (weather) and Astronomy.


Course Information

Course Catalog Description

PHYSICAL SCIENCE 076 0111 - General Course I - Physical Science
Introduction to the scientific method, astronomy, geology, meteorology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Credit Hours: 4, 3 lecture hours and 2 lab hours per week based on sixteen weeks.


Joy WalkerProf J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3824/3826 (Main Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698

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. I have a master's degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I hold certificates in computer repair (A+), Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), and Internet Security (CISSP). I have a variety of interests: Chemsitry, Web Development, Physical Sciences (all of them), Urban Gardening, and Education. I continue to explore a variety of techniques in the classroom in a blended: high tech - high touch approach. Technology is a great tool for teaching but it does not take the place of tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves. I use laboratory notebooks or journals in most of my classes. I love to do demonstrations in class. 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.


Earth Science 13th Ed.
by Tarbuck & Lutgens
Prentice Hall © 2012
ISBN-10: 0-321-68850-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-68850-7

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Recommended books and videos for Physical Science

Recommended Links

Minerals and Rocks


Rivers and Lakes

Caves and Groundwater


Earthquakes and Volcanos

Earth's Core

Geological Time



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