About This Chapter
Chemistry of the Atmosphere - Chapter Summary
In these lessons, you'll review specifics aspects of the chemistry of the atmosphere. Some of the subjects covered include global warming and carbon footprint. After completing the chapter, you should be ready to do the following:
- Define atmosphere and discuss layers, gases, and pressure
- Discuss the atmosphere on earth
- Explain greenhouse gases and the enhanced greenhouse effect
- Describe fossil fuels and global warming
- Understand the effect of carbon footprint
Our subject matter experts present the information in these short videos in an engaging manner. Their teaching strategy includes plenty of helpful examples to ensure the material is easily understood. The video timelines let you navigate the videos and review topics in order of preference so that you are in control of the learning process. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge. You can also print the lesson quizzes and use them as worksheets.
1. What is Atmosphere? - Layers, Gases & Pressure
The atmosphere surrounds us wherever we go and is necessary for our survival. This lesson will cover the properties and layers of the atmosphere. After completing the lesson, test your knowledge with a short quiz.
2. The Atmosphere on Earth
This lesson describes the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere, from its ancient past to the present day to how it's being changed by humans today. You'll learn about how outgassing, photosynthesis, and oceans all played a role in its formation, what air is composed of, and the real effect of human pollution on our changing atmosphere.
3. 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.
4. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming
In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.
5. Carbon Footprint: Definition & Effect
This lesson explains the concept of a carbon footprint. You'll learn its relationship to the carbon cycle and global warming and how a person, product, or service can reduce their carbon footprint.
6. 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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the GCSE Chemistry: Practice & Study Guide course
- Steps of the Scientific Method
- Analyzing & Evaluating Scientific Data
- The Process of Scientific Thinking
- Mathematics in Science
- Scientific Vocabulary & Measurement
- Atoms & Atomic Structure
- Properties of Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
- Understanding Elements & Periodicity
- Block & Group Elements
- Chemical Bonds Overview
- Molecular Types & Structures
- States of Matter Overview
- Quantitative Chemistry
- Chemical Changes
- Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
- Rate & Extent of Chemical Changes
- Basics of Organic Chemistry
- Chemical Analysis
- Using Natural Resources
- GCSE Chemistry Flashcards