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Welcome to Physical Science 111 — General Course I. This section of Physical Science 111 is part of a learning community called: Earth Abides: How Catastrophes Shape Our Planet & Touch Our Lives (View Course Poster). Physical Science 111 meets from 8:30 am until 10:50 am on Monday and Wednesday in Room 3833. English 101, taught by Geoffrey Martin, meets 11:00 to 12:20 on Monday and Wednesday in Room 2961. Class begins January 12th. (Watch videos to learn more.) Physical Science 111 is a general science course for non-science majors and includes a laboratory. We will begin with the study of meteorology. We will then cover astronomy. This will bring us to mid-term. The second half of the semester will be the study of geology. Throughout this course we will carry out activities and assignments that reinforce the material you will be learning in English 101. Learning communities are a fantastic way to approach college. You will have an opportunity to know your classmates better, go on a couple of optional field trips, and have so much fun learning! We'll learn about blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, sinkholes, floods, and even near earth objects (meteor/asteroid collisions)!

Science and Natural Hazards

  1. Science helps us predict hazards.
  2. Knowing hazard risks can help people make decisions.
  3. Linkages exist between natural hazards.
  4. Humans can turn disastrous events into catastrophes.
  5. Consequences of hazards can be minimized.

Definition of abide

abide (v.) Old English abidan, gebidan "remain, wait, delay, remain behind," from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion;) + bidan "bide, remain, wait, dwell". Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we abidon him "we waited for him"); transitive sense emerged in Middle English. Meaning "to put up with" (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related: Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden.


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: 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!


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.

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Minerals and Rocks


Rivers and Lakes

Caves and Groundwater


Earthquakes and Volcanoes

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Earth's Core

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