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Ch 1: Earth Science Basics

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons, and learn about the basic concepts covered in the area of earth science. As you work your way through these lessons, take the short quizzes to track your progress.

Earth Science Basics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you are looking for some help understanding the basics of earth science, then you have come to the right place. This chapter is dedicated to helping you learn about the fundamental concepts of this area of science. With a solid understanding of the fundamentals, you can then go on to study earth science at a higher level. Lessons will introduce you to the different fields of study within earth science. You'll learn about vocabulary and important methods and charts used in this area of science. Some of the other things that will be covered in these lessons include:

  • The metric system
  • Using data from charts and tables
  • Experimental design
  • The Periodic Table
  • The steps in the Scientific Method
  • Science study skills

VideoObjective
What is Earth Science? Examine earth science, including an overview of geology, meteorology, and oceanography.
Science Vocabulary and Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts Study some tips for learning scientific concepts and vocabulary.
The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples Explore the basic models of how science works in the field and laboratory.
The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods Learn about how the periodic table is arranged and how it can be used to identify some major physical properties of elements.
Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method Analyze how the experimental design is used to test hypothesis.
The Metric System: Units and Conversion Take a look at how metric units used to measure length, volume and mass.
Interpreting Visual Data and Identifying Variables Find out how to interpret data from a chart and table.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Earth Science Basics
What is Earth Science?

1. What is Earth Science?

Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Scientists do research in these fields to discover past and future events. Learn about the dynamic field of earth science and how it affects our lives in this lesson.

Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

2. Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

Learning science presents a unique set of challenges for students. In this lesson, learn the tricks of the trade as we discuss scientific vocabulary and other science study skills.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.

The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

4. The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

How is the periodic table like the map you used on your last road trip? In this lesson, you will be introduced to the periodic table, the road map of chemists. We will discuss how the elements are organized and how you can use this organization to identify some of their major physical properties.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

5. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

6. The Metric System: Units and Conversion

Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

7. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

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