Ch 59: General Science: Characteristics of the Moon

About This Chapter

The state of Arizona uses the NES General Science in place of the AEPA General Science exam. Include this chapter in your studies for this certification exam and review the theories on the formation of the moon, lunar geology and the relationship between the earth, sun and moon phases.

AEPA General Science: Characteristics of the Moon - Chapter Summary

As part of a study guide course for the National Evaluation Series (NES) General Science certification exam, this chapter will help you prepare for exam questions about the formation of the moon, moon phases and lunar geology. Follow along with our professional instructors in this series of short, engaging and mobile-device-friendly videos to study the following:

  • Theories of the formation of the moon
  • Types of moon rocks
  • Lunar atmosphere
  • Relationships between the Earth, sun and lunar phases
  • Sequence of lunar phases
  • Difference between sidereal months and synodic months
  • Techniques used to predict moon rises and sets

For an alternative review of the material, read over the lesson transcripts that present the same information but in written overviews that highlight key terms in bold text. When you finish these lessons, use the quizzes to assess your understanding of the topics covered and find out what topics you haven't mastered. Once you think you have a firm mastery over the material presented in these lessons, test your overall understanding of this chapter with the practice chapter exam before you take the NES General Science exam.

AEPA General Science: Characteristics of the Moon Objectives

Future science teachers take the NES General Science to show their acquisition of the knowledge they will be charged with teaching future pupils. On test day you will be given 150 computer-administered, multiple-choice questions to answer in a three-hour testing session. Nineteen percent of these questions will ask you about topics of Earth and space science, including some about the interactions between the sun, moon and Earth. These videos will help you prepare for related questions by reviewing the origins of the moon and the lunar phases.

7 Lessons in Chapter 59: General Science: Characteristics of the Moon
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Formation of the Moon: Theories

1. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

2. Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

This lesson will discuss the layers of the Moon's interior, the dark and light colored areas of the Moon's surface, the Moon's craters, and how moon dust has formed over the ages.

The Moon's Atmosphere

3. The Moon's Atmosphere

This lesson will go over the lunar atmosphere, its composition, where it gets it atmosphere from, how it may lose its atmosphere, and what the technical term for the lunar atmosphere is.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

4. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

5. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

6. Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

This lesson will teach you about the sidereal month and synodic month, how long they are, and how they are measured with respect to the stars and sun.

Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

7. Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

In this lesson, you'll learn when the moon will rise or set during four distinct phases: full moon, new moon, first quarter moon, and third quarter moon.

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