Ch 4: AP Environmental Science - Earthquakes: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Earthquakes chapter of this AP Environmental Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning how earthquakes are caused and measured. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving earthquakes required in a typical AP Environmental Science course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other AP Environmental Science work.
  • Identify the earthquake concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our AP Environmental Science tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about earthquakes and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding aftershocks and foreshocks, the Richter Scale, seismic activity or any other earthquake topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
  • Prefer learning science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their earthquakes unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in AP Environmental Science
  • Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about earthquakes simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live environmental science tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about earthquakes on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Define earthquakes.
  • Understand the causes of earthquakes.
  • Learn how to use seismic activity to identify earthquakes.
  • Explain why aftershocks and foreshocks go along with earthquakes.
  • Understand how the Richter scale measures earthquakes.
  • Look at examples of the destruction caused by earthquakes.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: AP Environmental Science - Earthquakes: Tutoring Solution
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What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

1. What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

When tensional stress caused by constantly shifting tectonic plates builds up enough energy, it results in an earthquake. Learn more about the definition of earthquakes and explore its components, such as faults, foreshocks and aftershocks, the focus or point at which rock breaks below the surface, and the epicenter.

The Causes of Earthquakes

2. The Causes of Earthquakes

Earthquakes can be detrimental natural disasters. Learn how tectonic plates make the ground shake through faults, and discover how the elastic rebound theory is correlated with the Earth's motion.

Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity

3. Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity

Learn about the importance of identifying and understanding earthquakes using seismic activity. Review seismographs and the different types of waves, including body waves vs. surface waves.

Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake

4. Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake

When rock below the Earth's surface breaks, it produces a large burst of energy called an earthquake. Earthquakes have foreshocks before they arrive, and aftershocks after they are gone. Investigate the foreshocks and aftershocks of an earthquake, and how they pertain to seismic activity.

Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes

5. Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes

The Richter scale measures the magnitude of earthquakes by calculating seismic data (vibrations beneath the Earth's crust) and energy expended. Explore how the Richter scale measures ground shaking as well as the use of the moment magnitude scale.

Destruction Caused by Earthquakes

6. Destruction Caused by Earthquakes

Earthquakes cause severe destruction and damage to the land and infrastructure. Explore the types of destruction and damage caused by earthquakes: physical land destruction, destruction near and at sea, structural damage, and economic damage.

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