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Ch 19: Chapter 19: The Solar System - Holt Physical Science With Earth & Space Science

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The Solar System chapter of this Holt Science Spectrum - Physical Science with Earth and Space Science Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the solar system. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Solar System textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Holt Science Spectrum Solar System chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the solar system topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Facts about planets, moons, the sun, asteroids and other celestial bodies in the solar system
  • Phases of the moon
  • The characteristics of solar eclipses
  • Inner, outer and dwarf planets
  • Moon formation theories
  • Astronomical theories of Copernicus and Brahe
  • How distant planets are found

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12 Lessons in Chapter 19: Chapter 19: The Solar System - Holt Physical Science With Earth & Space Science
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What are Planets? - Facts & Definition

1. What are Planets? - Facts & Definition

In this lesson, you'll learn the official definition of a planet, how planets are formed, and about the two types of planets found in our solar system: terrestrial planets and gas giants.

Solar System Overview

2. Solar System Overview

This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.

Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

3. Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

This lesson will describe regular, irregular, collision fragments, captured asteroids, and other types of satellites orbiting around the planets of the solar system.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

4. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

What Is a Solar Eclipse?

5. What Is a Solar Eclipse?

This lesson will describe what a solar eclipse is, why it's possible, when a partial or a total one will occur, and what cool effects occur during one.

Inner Planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars

6. Inner Planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars

Take a tour of the four inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Known as the terrestrial planets, find out what makes each of them unique and how they are different from the outer planets, the gas giants.

Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

7. Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

This lesson will cover the definitions and characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteorites. It will also explore what impact they have had on Earth and the impact they might have in the future.

Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres

8. Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres

Discover why Pluto had to leave the league of planets and was downgraded to a dwarf planet. Learn the definitions for planet and dwarf planet. Find out about the currently classified dwarf planets in our solar system: Pluto, Eris, Ceres, Haumea and Makemake.

Outer Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

9. Outer Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Take a tour of the outer planets of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Find out what makes each of these gas giants unique and learn about Pluto, a dwarf planet.

Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

10. Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

Astronomy according to Ptolemy was the popular theory until Copernicus turned it on its head. This lesson explores the theories of Copernicus and Brahe and how the two changed astronomical study.

Formation of the Moon: Theories

11. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

Planets Around Distant Stars

12. Planets Around Distant Stars

This lesson will describe how extrasolar planets can be found and if any have been found. Methods like Doppler shifts, microlensing, and transits will be defined.

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