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 areas that separate the continental crust and oceanic crust. Discover the differences between the tectonically active continental margins and the relatively quiet passive continental margins.

Ocean Basins: Definition, Formation, Features & Types

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

Ocean basins are those areas found under the sea. They can be relatively inactive areas where deposits of sediment slowly collect or active areas where tectonic plates meet. Learn how ocean basins form and about features such as oceanic ridges and trenches.

Oceanic Ridge System: Formation & Distribution

3. Oceanic Ridge System: Formation & Distribution

The oceanic ridge system is a continuous underwater mountain range with parts found in every ocean of the world. The ridge system is created when magma rising between diverging plates of the lithosphere cools and forms a new layer of crust.

Properties of Ocean Water

4. Properties of Ocean Water

Ocean waters are salty and contain minerals and dissolved gases. They also have a high heat capacity and vary in density depending on temperature and salinity. Learn more about the unique chemical and physical properties of ocean water.

Types of Marine Organisms

5. Types of Marine Organisms

Many marine organisms thrive under the surface of the ocean. Learn about the biodiversity of the oceans, from the microscopic plankton to the enormous whales, and how these organisms adapt to their oceanic environment.

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

6. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches

7. Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches

Shorelines and beaches are constantly changing due to forces, such as waves, winds and currents. Learn about characteristics of shorelines, including headlands, bays, beach berms, sand dunes, spits, tombolos, barrier islands and lagoons.

Waves: Types, Features & Effect on Erosion

8. Waves: Types, Features & Effect on Erosion

There are different types of ocean waves, including wind waves, tsunamis and tidal waves. Learn the features of waves and how their erosive effect creates the unique features found on the shoreline.

Contributing Factors of Longshore Transport: Beach Drift & Longshore Current

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

The longshore transport is the process responsible for the movement of sand and sediment along the coastline. Sand and other particles are transported with the help of the longshore current and beach drift. Learn how these factors shape shorelines.

What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

10. What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

Tides rise and fall under the influence of the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. Learn about different tides, why they are predictable and their effects on coastal regions of the world.

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...on the surface, it sounds obvious what these might be, but there are complicated forces that create them. Here, you will learn what mid-ocean ridges are, where they are, how they are created, and what makes them fascinating geological formations.

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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