Ch 55: General Science: Earth's Atmosphere & Climate

About This Chapter

The NES General Science exam has replaced the AEPA General Science exam. Use the lessons in this chapter to reinforce your understanding of the components of the atmosphere, processes that take place there and factors that affect the atmosphere as you prepare for the NES General Science exam.

AEPA General Science: Earth's Atmosphere & Climate - Chapter Summary

As part of your studies for the National Evaluation Series (NES) General Science exam, this chapter will help you study for questions regarding atmospheric structures and processes, along with some of the factors that influence them. Start this review by watching our processional instructors in a series of short, engaging lesson videos about:

  • Components and structures of the atmosphere
  • Effects of solar radiation
  • Atmospheric cycles
  • Humidity, cloud formation and precipitation
  • Processes of air lift
  • Global distributions of the different types of climates
  • Factors that determine the climate of a region
  • Causes and effects of global warming

Take the lesson quizzes that accompany these lessons to test your understanding of the topics presented. Also use these quizzes to find out which topics you haven't mastered. Improve your mastery over these topics by returning to the lesson videos via the video tags. These videos tags will allow you to skip over the topics you've already mastered while you review the ones you haven't.

11 Lessons in Chapter 55: General Science: Earth's Atmosphere & Climate
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Major Components of the Atmosphere

1. Major Components of the Atmosphere

Our atmosphere is a complex mixture of many different gases. In this video lesson you will identify the major components of Earth's atmosphere as well as how much there is of each.

The Structure of the Atmosphere

2. The Structure of the Atmosphere

If you've ever climbed a mountain or been to the beach, you know that the atmosphere is different at different levels. This lesson explains how the structure of the atmosphere is really like a layer cake.

What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

3. What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

The sun plays an important role to us on Earth. It provides many things such as light and warmth. But, what is solar radiation and how does it affect us? In this video lesson, you'll learn about solar radiation, how it allows us to survive, and the influence it has on our global climate.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

4. Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

Weather is the current state of the atmosphere and is determined by factors like temperature, pressure and humidity. These factors that cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses are explored in this lesson.

What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

5. What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

Humidity is an important aspect of the atmosphere because it affects both weather and climate. In this video lesson you will learn about the different types of humidity and understand how temperature affects water vapor in the air.

What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

6. What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

There are many different types of clouds that form in the sky. In this video lesson you will learn about how clouds form, as well as the different types of clouds and how they are classified.

Air Lift: Definition & Processes

7. Air Lift: Definition & Processes

In this video lesson, you will learn about air lift. You will also identify the different ways air is lifted, as well as some of the effects each mechanism has.

What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

8. What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

Precipitation comes in many forms, but it all comes from the same general process. In this video lesson you will identify different types of precipitation, as well as how precipitation forms in the atmosphere from condensation.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

9. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

10. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

11. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

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