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
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
- Introduction to Earth Science
- World Population
- 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
- 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
- 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
- History of Astronomy
- Solar System Exploration
- Moon Motion
- 3-D Tour of the Solar System and our Planet - Requires Red/Blue 3-D glasses
- Mars - 3D Red/Blue
- Mythology of Saturn
- 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.
- Celestial Sphere Animation
- Celestial Sphere Simulation
- Sun and Moon rise and set in Chicago
- 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.
- Neutron Stars (youtube)
- 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
- Near Earth Objects
- The Fermi Paradox
- Understanding Lunar Eclipses (video)
- Earth and Moon motion simulation (video)
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: 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
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