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Ch 1: Development of Earth & Space Science

About This Chapter

Explore how Earth and space science have evolved over the years, and look at the influence of scientific developments on society and education. Find out about career opportunities in this area of science.

Development of Earth & Space Science - Chapter Summary

In these lessons, you can get an overview of what Earth science is and see how scientific discoveries have changed people's beliefs and society as a whole. Look at the impact of the Space Race on math and science education.

Our instructors will also help you explore options for science careers. Another lesson examines natural resources. After watching this chapter's videos, you should be able to:

  • Define Earth science
  • List the causes, history and impact of the Scientific Revolution
  • Explore how scientific discoveries can cause people to alter their beliefs
  • Look at ways science has changed society
  • Examine the impact of the Space Race on science and math education
  • Analyze the education requirements for science careers
  • Define natural resources

These lessons offer a review of topics you studied in high school and college, and our instructors may also offer some information on concepts you haven't encountered. Highlighted key terms are sometimes linked to text lessons with additional information. Our lessons are accompanied by brief quizzes that let you assess your knowledge and determine if you need additional study.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Development of Earth & Space Science
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What is Earth Science?

1. What is Earth Science?

Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Scientists do research in these fields to discover past and future events. Learn about the dynamic field of earth science and how it affects our lives in this lesson.

The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

2. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

3. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs

4. How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs

Personal beliefs are one thing that people hold to very tightly. However, over time, with enough scientific evidence, a critical eye and consistent experiments, science can and does change people's beliefs in ways that simple observations cannot.

How Science Has Changed Society

5. How Science Has Changed Society

Without science, our modern world just wouldn't be the same. The way we travel, shop, learn, socialize, eat, work, and play is possible because of scientific influences and innovations. Take a look around, and you'll see science pretty much everywhere!

The Space Race's Impact on Math & Science Education in the U.S.

6. The Space Race's Impact on Math & Science Education in the U.S.

During the Cold War, America and Russia tried to outdo each other with regards to space exploration. In this lesson, we'll look at the launch of Sputnik and the Space Race's effect on science and math education in American public schools.

Careers in the Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees

7. Careers in the Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees

Natural sciences use the scientific method to investigate concepts and ideas. This lesson will review the many types of career options and coursework a student of science can expect.

What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

8. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

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