Ch 6: AP Science - The Atmosphere & Environment: Help & Review

About This Chapter

The Atmosphere and the Environment chapter of this AP Environmental Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the environment and the atmosphere. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the atmosphere and the environment.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding material from AP environmental science will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the major components of the atmosphere or working with solar radiation.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about the atmosphere and the environment.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the atmosphere and the environment chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Atmosphere and the Environment chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

  • Climate classification and global distribution
  • Natural factors that determine a region's climate
  • Global warming
  • Air pollution
  • Global climate change

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: AP Science - The Atmosphere & Environment: Help & Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

8. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ

9. Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ

In this lesson, you will learn how air pollution is controlled in developed and developing nations. You will also learn about the U.S. Clean Air Act and how it has evolved over the years to address air pollution in the United States.

What Is Indoor Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Effects

10. What Is Indoor Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Effects

In this video lesson, you will learn the harmful effects of indoor air pollution. You will also gain an understanding of the sources of indoor air pollution, and how they differ between developed and developing nations.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

11. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

In this video lesson, you will learn about the five main greenhouse gases and how their unnaturally high concentrations are leading to the enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change on Earth.

Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies

12. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies

In this video lesson, you will learn about the potential effects of global climate change. You will also learn how some are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

13. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.

Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects

14. Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects

In this video lesson, you will learn what causes acid deposition and how it forms in the atmosphere. You will also see some examples of the damage that acid deposition can cause to natural ecosystems and man-made structures.

What is Relative Humidity? - Definition, Equation & Calculation

15. What is Relative Humidity? - Definition, Equation & Calculation

This lesson explains the concept of relative humidity. It helps you understand why thunderstorms occur in the late afternoon or why dew forms overnight. A summary and brief quiz is also included.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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