Ch 12: AP Environmental Science - Oceans: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Oceans chapter of this AP Environmental Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about ocean properties and organisms. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving oceans required in a typical AP Environmental Science course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other AP Environmental Science work.
  • Identify the ocean 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 oceans and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding continental margins, tides, waves or any other ocean 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 ocean 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 the ocean 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 the ocean 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

  • Differentiate between active and passive continental margins.
  • Discuss the features and types of ocean basins.
  • Explain how oceanic ridge systems are formed.
  • List the properties of ocean water.
  • Take a look at the different types of marine organisms.
  • Learn how ocean circulation affects climate.
  • Describe the characteristics of shorelines and beaches.
  • Examine the effects of waves on erosion.
  • Understand the causes and effects of tides.

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: AP Environmental Science - Oceans: Tutoring Solution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Active & Passive Continental Margins

1. Active & Passive Continental Margins

Continental margins are the places where the continental crust meets the oceanic crust under coastal waters. Discover the makeup of Earth's continental and ocean crusts, then explore how active and passive continental margins are different.

Ocean Basins: Definition, Formation, Features & Types

2. Ocean Basins: Definition, Formation, Features & Types

Regions of the Earth found beneath sea level are known as ocean basins. Discover the different types of ocean basins, their features, and how they form, and explore the deepest parts of the ocean: oceanic trenches.

Oceanic Ridge System: Formation & Distribution

3. Oceanic Ridge System: Formation & Distribution

The oceanic ridge system is an underground mountain range formation on the sea floor. Discover the tectonic activity that led to the formation of the oceanic ridge system, and explore the distribution of the mountain chain, parts of which can be found in every ocean.

Properties of Ocean Water

4. Properties of Ocean Water

The salty waters of the ocean have their own unique properties that differ from those of freshwater. Although salt is the main chemical found in ocean water, there are many others, including dissolved gases. Explore the properties of ocean water, including salinity, temperature, heat capacity, and density.

Types of Marine Organisms

5. Types of Marine Organisms

Marine organisms are the variety of living creatures, large and small, that fill the oceans. Learn about diverse marine organism types: plankton, plants, algae, invertebrates, fish, marine mammals, reptiles, and sea birds, and how they adapt to different oceanic environments.

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

6. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

Ocean circulation refers to the patterns of water movement in ocean basins. Learn about ocean circulation, and explore how the patterns of ocean currents affect the climate. Gain understanding by reviewing ocean gyres, upwelling, and thermohaline circulation.

Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches

7. Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches

Shorelines and beaches are places where land meets a body of water, such as a lake or ocean. Learn the characteristics of a shoreline and understand the differences between headlands, bays, beaches, longshore drifts, and sandbars.

Waves: Types, Features & Effect on Erosion

8. Waves: Types, Features & Effect on Erosion

Review ocean waves' types, features, and effects on erosion. Differentiate between wind waves, ocean swells, tsunamis, and tidal waves and how the most powerful waves break down eroding coastal structures.

Contributing Factors of Longshore Transport: Beach Drift & Longshore Current

9. Contributing Factors of Longshore Transport: Beach Drift & Longshore Current

Longshore transport is the movement of sand and sediment parallel to the shore. Explore the factors contributing to how longshore transport occurs because of beach drift caused by the longshore current.

What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

10. What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

The term tides describe the daily changes in ocean water level seen at the coastline based on the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. Learn about the causes of high tides, low tides, semidiurnal tides, diurnal tides, spring tides, and neap tides, and explore their effects on coastal regions.

Continental Slope: Definition & Facts

11. Continental Slope: Definition & Facts

Continental slopes are one of three parts that make up the under-ocean margin surrounding the continents of the world. In this lesson, you'll learn what they are, where they are, and what some of their characteristics are.

Mid-Ocean Ridge: Definition, Facts, Formation & Example

12. Mid-Ocean Ridge: Definition, Facts, Formation & Example

Mid-ocean ridges form as tectonic plates spread, leaving monumental landscape on the ocean floor. Dive into the geological processes of the formation and location of these ridges, while also learning about hydrothermal vents.

Phytoplankton: Definition, Types & Facts

13. Phytoplankton: Definition, Types & Facts

Phytoplankton are single-celled organisms of lakes, streams and oceans that make their own food from sunlight through photosynthesis. In this lesson, learn about the different types of phytoplankton and how their impact on aquatic ecosystems and our daily lives ranges from beneficial to harmful to beautiful.

What is Plankton? - Definition, Types & Facts

14. What is Plankton? - Definition, Types & Facts

Plankton is a diverse community of organisms that spend part or all of their existence drifting freely in aquatic environments. In this lesson, learn more about these creatures and take a quiz at the end.

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