Ch 4: Characteristics of Earth & the Solar System

About This Chapter

Study the earth and solar system with this collection of earth science and astronomy lessons. This comprehensive study guide chapter can help you prepare for upcoming exams or boost your solar system knowledge through short lessons and interactive practice quizzes.

Characteristics of Earth & the Solar System - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a high-level overview of major solar system structures and phenomena. As you move through the chapter, you'll find lessons that examine the solar system's planets, asteroids, meteorites and sun. You'll also study the ways in which these solar system structures interact and affect each other, which results in eclipses, tide changes and the different phases of the moon. After completing the lessons in the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify major structures in our solar system
  • Understand the characteristics of solar system planets, meteorites, asteroids and comets
  • Describe the interactions between the sun, Earth and moon
  • Explain how tides are influenced by the moon, sun and gravity
  • Know how the phases of the moon are influenced by the Earth and sun
  • Recognize different types of eclipses

These short and engaging lessons clearly define solar system terminology and explain their characteristics in an easy-to-understand manner. Our instructors' simplified teaching styles help you quickly study and retain these earth science and astronomy concepts. After completing each lesson, try taking the accompanying lesson quiz to test your understanding of the material. You can reach out to our instructors if you have any questions and print word-for-word lesson transcripts for further study. The chapter is available at any time that's convenient and you can access the lessons on any device that has an Internet connection.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Characteristics of Earth & the Solar System
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Solar System Overview

1. 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.

Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

2. Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

This lesson will go over some characteristics of the planets in our solar system with respect to their masses, diameters, temperatures, densities, and rotation.

Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System

3. Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System

Learn how the sun, earth, and moon interact with each other to create tides, phases, eclipses, seasons, solar winds, and precession. Take a quiz and see how much you've picked up.

How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

4. How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

This lesson will define tides, the tidal force, neap tide, and spring tide. It will also talk about how the sun, moon, and Earth interact to produce tidal bulges.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

5. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

What is an Eclipse? - Definition & Types

6. What is an Eclipse? - Definition & Types

This lesson will explain what an eclipse is and the various types of eclipses, particularly from the vantage point of the earth. A short quiz will follow.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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