Ch 22: Chapter 22: The Atmosphere - Holt Physical Science With Earth & Space Science

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

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Holt Atmosphere chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the atmosphere 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:

  • The different layers of the atmosphere
  • How pressure is measured
  • Different greenhouse gases
  • The causes and impact of global warming
  • The phases of the water cycle
  • Properties of wind
  • The three major wind belts
  • Kinds of air masses
  • The main determinants of weather
  • Kinds of thunderstorms
  • Causes of tornadoes and hurricanes
  • The differences between weather and climate

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15 Lessons in Chapter 22: Chapter 22: The Atmosphere - Holt Physical Science With Earth & Space Science
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The Structure of the Atmosphere

1. 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.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

2. 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 Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

3. 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.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

4. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

5. 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.

Measures of Water Vapor Content

6. Measures of Water Vapor Content

When you think of all of the things you measure, water vapor probably doesn't come to mind. This lesson will explore different ways to measure water vapor in the air!

Pressure: Definition, Units, and Conversions

7. Pressure: Definition, Units, and Conversions

Have you ever wondered what pressure is and how it gets measured? In this lesson, we are going to define pressure and explain some of the units that are used to express measurements of pressure.

What is Wind? - Definition, Causes, Properties & Characteristics

8. What is Wind? - Definition, Causes, Properties & Characteristics

Wind is an important phenomenon that we have all experienced. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the definition, its causes, and characteristics. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Global Wind Patterns of the Three Wind Belts

9. The Global Wind Patterns of the Three Wind Belts

You are familiar with wind, but did you know there are different wind belts depending on where you are on the earth? This lesson will examine the three main wind belts: polar easterlies, tropical easterlies and prevailing westerlies.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

10. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

11. Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

In this video lesson you will learn about how air masses with different characteristics create weather fronts. You will also identify the different types of fronts, as well as what type of weather occurs along them.

What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

12. What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

Thunderstorms are common all over the world. In this video lesson, you will learn what they are, how they form and how they create thunder and lightning.

What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

13. What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people. In this video lesson, you will learn how and where they form, as well as how scientists classify tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

14. Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

Hurricanes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people each year. But what are hurricanes and how do they form? In this video lesson you'll learn about where and how hurricanes develop as well as the types of hurricanes that are possible.

Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

15. Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

This video lesson will guide you in understanding the difference between climate and weather. Discover how they are different but related and how they are the ways you can describe atmospheric conditions on Earth.

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