Welcome to Physical Science 111 — General Course I. Physical Science 111 is a general science course for non-science majors and includes a laboratory. We will begin with the study of geology.
Science and Natural Hazards
- Science helps us predict hazards.
- Knowing hazard risks can help people make decisions.
- Linkages exist between natural hazards.
- Humans can turn disastrous events into catastrophes.
- Consequences of hazards can be minimized.
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.
Earth Science 14th Ed.
by Tarbuck and Lutgens, Illustrated by Tasa.
If you have an older edition of the textbook (11th, 12th, 13th) that will work just fine.
Prof 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!
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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.
- Introduction to Earth Science
- Why We Should Trust Scientists
- World Population
- Satellite View (Goggle)
- 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.
- USGS Public Lectures
- 3-D images of National Parks
- Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
Scale of Measurement
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)
- Building Skyscrapers on Chicago's Swampy Soil
- Black Marble (Limestone)
Mass Wasting and Soils
- Mass Wasting Event - Mt Saint Helens
- Mass Wasting Lesson
- Soil Stories - The Whole Story
- Web Soil Survey
- 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: Largest Crystals in the World This is a short video. You can also read about these crystals.
- Bill Stone explores the world's deepest caves
- Models of caves and karst topography
- Tour of the Cryosphere
- Extreme Ice Survey
- Glacier Terminology
Glacial terms are illustrated with beautiful photographs.
- Wisconsin Glaciation
Explains some local phenomena including Starved Rock.
- Glaciers and Glacial Warming, Receding Glaciers
- The Antarctica Challenge and other videos and photos about glaciers.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- National Earthquake Information Center - NEIC
- Volcano World
- This Dynamic Planet: Interactive Map
- Stromboli > Volcanoes of the World
- New Madrid Fault
- Video on Relative Dating
- The Day the Mesozoic Died
- Oxygen in our atmosphere through geological time
- Geological History of Illinois
- The Atmosphere (video)
- Temperature Profile of the Atmosphere
- Ozone Hole Watch
- Clouds (Ted Talk)
- Current Surface Analysis
- List of Cloud Types with Images
- Cloud Appreciation Society
- Surface Wind Map
- Global Weather Visualizations
- The Weather Station Model (video)
- Surface Maps
- Aviation Weather
- How to Read Radar
- Parody of "Let It Go" for those Chicago winters (video)
- 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
- Carbon Fixing in Iceland
- Lesson on Climate Change From Physical Science 107
- The magic of the Amazon (Ted Talk - Portuguese with subtitles in English)
- Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change (Ted Talk - James Hansen)
- Interactive Climate Data
Astronomy Computer Programs
- Night Vision
A planetarium program that is free and easy to use. You will need to download and install it.
- World Wide Telescope
Astronomy Online Resources
- Earth's Motion Around the Sun (video)
- Celestial Sphere Simulation
- History of Astronomy (video)
- The Sky Live
- Crash Course Astronomy Episode One
- Solar System Exploration
- Where are the planets now?
- Various animations useful for the study of astronomy
- Eccentricity of an Ellipse
- Moon Motion (be patient - it takes awhile)
- 3-D Tour of the Solar System and our Planet - Requires Red/Blue 3-D glasses
- Mars - 3D Red/Blue
- Video: Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.
- Sun and Moon rise and set in Chicago
- Neutron Stars (youtube)
- 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
- Near Earth Objects
- The Fermi Paradox
- Understanding Lunar Eclipses (video)
- Earth and Moon motion simulation (video)
- What has New Horizons taught us about Pluto (video)
- Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids
- Asteroid and Comet Watch
Fun Astronomy Links - Music, Stories, Culture
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