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 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.
Prof 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. 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!
Earth Science 13th Ed.
by Tarbuck & Lutgens
Prentice Hall © 2012
- Google Earth
This is a very powerful program that "provides satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips." The newest version included Google Sky! This program continues to amaze and delight me.
- Geology News
Pulls together geology news from many sources.
- The landscape of natural disasters
- USGS Public Lectures
- 3-D images of National Parks
Minerals and Rocks
An extensive database of minerals ordered by name or by class.
- Common Minerals and Their Uses
- Ulexite or Satin Spar?
- Tell Me Why - Gems, Metals and Minerals (video)
- Rocks (video)
- The Rock Song (video)
- Topographical Map of Illinois
- Historical Topographical Maps
- Illinois State Geological Survey
An excellent resource for geological maps of Illinois.
- 3D anaglyphs: North Dakota State University
- A Rocky Bluff
- The Grand Canyons
- A brook
- A river bank
Rivers and Lakes
- Rivers - Wikipedia
Origins, Topography, Uses, Biology, Flooding, Mechanics, Management, Links to information about major rivers
- Lake Peigneur: The Swirling Vortex of Doom
Caves and Groundwater
- Mine of Naica: Largests Crystals in the World This is a short video. You can also read about these crystals.
- Bill Stone explores the world's deeptest caves
- Models of caves and karst topography
- Extreme Ice Survey
- Glacier Terminology
Glacial terms are illustrated with beautiful photographs.
- Wisconsian Glaciation
Explains some local phenomena including Starved Rock.
- Glaciers and Clacial Warming, Receding Glaciers
- The Antarctica Challenge and other videos and photos about glaciers.
Earthquakes and Volcanos
- National Earthquake Information Center - NEIC
- Volcano World
- This Dynamic Planet: Interactive Map
- Stromboli > Volcanos of the World
- New Madrid Fault
- National Hurricane Center
Includes RSS feeds for up-to-date information about current tropical storms and hurricanes.
- Tornado History Project
- Incredible tornado video from Mulvane, KS on June 12, 2004
- Ozone Hole Watch
- List of Cloud Types with Images
- Aviation Weather
- 3-D Tour of the Solar System and our Planet - Requires Red/BLue 3-D glasses
- Video: Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Tital. and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.
- Astronomy Planetarium and Star Mapping Program - Free
This program allows you to see star charts for any time, any day and any perspective on the planet. There are many options available as to the number of objects in view and the types of labels and grids provided.
- Night Vision
Another planetarium program that is free and easy to use.
- NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
A few of the activities on this website: You can see the latest Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute images, take a tour of the solar system and visit the lunar eclipse page.
- Wonders of the Solar System
- Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
- Best of SOHO Movies
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Students with Disabilities
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