The Gain or Loss of Atmospheric Gas


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A cold, giant planet, is more likely have the majority of its atmosphere composed of:

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1. A small, hot planet is more likely to have the majority of its atmosphere composed of:

2. The minimum velocity an object requires in order to leave the surface of, or any other point within the gravitation field of, a celestial body is known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many contributing factors in the formation of a planet's atmosphere. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of what these factors are and how they contribute to a planet's atmosphere. You'll be tested on areas that include layers of atmospheres, their compositions, and the process of their formation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on the following aspects of a planet's atmosphere and its formation:

  • Composition of atmospheres of various types of planets
  • Layers of atmospheres
  • Escape velocities of planets

Skills Practiced

You will practice these skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the formation of a planet's atmosphere and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as escape velocity and outgassing
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as solar nebula and secondary atmosphere
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the contributing factors in atmosphere formation

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about how atmospheres of planets are formed, read the accompanying lesson The Formation of a Planet's Atmosphere. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • The formation of an original atmosphere
  • The formation of a secondary atmosphere
  • How escape velocity contributes to atmosphere formation
  • How temperature of a planet effects composition of its atmosphere