Course Catalog Description
Physical Science 076 0111 - General Course I - Physical Science
Introduction to the scientific method, astronomy, geology, oceanography, 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
Phone: (773) 907-4698
This photograph was taken in Alaska while I was taking a course on glaciers.
Office Hours - Room 3834
|Monday and Wednesday||12:00 to 1:30|
|Tuesday and Thursday||1:00 to 3:30|
|Also by appointment|
Welcome to my website. Here you will find materials from all of my classes and many other resources to help you learn. My experience includes the teaching of many subjects: astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, conceptual physics, web development and design, programming, electronics, urban gardening, food chemistry.
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 a classroom? It is an important question to ask. Enrolling in college classes involves you with a community of learners. Note the word community. Please ask yourself: 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.
Based on my years as an educator, my own intense curiosity about the world, my passion for learning and a commitment to your success I hope to provide you with an exceptional learning experience.
- Introduction to Earth Science
- NOVA: Earth From Space
- Why We Should Trust Scientists
- 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
- Build Your Own Earth (simulation)
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
- 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
- EPA: The Great 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
- The Mysterious World of Underwater Caves (short video)
- 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.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Wave On a String (PhET)
- 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
- Kenneth Lacovara: Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the universe
- The Atmosphere (video)
- Journey Through the Atmosphere
- Temperature Profile of the Atmosphere
- Science Bulletin: The Rise of Oxygen
- Ozone Hole Watch
- Under the Dome (What is Smog)
- 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
- 1950s Very Early TV Weather Report
- Vintage Tornado Warning
- Vintage Weather Report - Captain Sandy
- 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
- National Sea and Ice Center: Artic Ice
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
- The Hubble Telescope
- 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)
- Space Rocks (video)
- The Dawn Mission
- 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
- The Northern Lights
- 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
- Shine On Harvest Moon
- Catch a Falling Star
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks Rabbit Spell
- Mythology of Saturn
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The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assist students in achieving their academic and life goals.
Students with Disabilities
The Truman College Disability Access Center (DAC) verifies needs pursuant to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), determines student academic accommodations, and issues accommodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. The DAC is located in Room 1435, Main Bldg.
The tutoring center is located in room 177, Larry McKeon Student Services Building, (773) 907-4785 or (773) 907-4790.
TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO is for low-income students, first generation college students, or students with disabilities who need academic support: (773) 907-4797, Room 1435, Main Bldg. Registration is required at the start of each semester.
Student Success and Leadership Institute (SSLI)
SSLI is for students who need various other support services to achieve their educational goals: (773) 907-4737, Room 1435, Main Bldg.
The Wellness Center provides a variety of services at no cost for students including counseling, crisis intervention, support groups and more. (773) 907-4786, Room 1946, Main Bldg.