Ch 1: Earth Science & Science Basics

About This Chapter

Refresh your understanding of the basics of earth science with this chapter. Use these lessons and quizzes as a comprehensive study guide as you prepare for an upcoming test or homework assignment.

Earth Science & Science Basics - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors give an overview of what earth science is and introduce you to the vocabulary and concepts used in this scientific study. You'll review the steps and terms used in the scientific method, along with examples. A review of the periodic table and its properties is also included.

As you progress through the chapter, you'll learn more about experimental design and its methods. How to convert units in the metric system, interpret visual data and identify variables is also discussed. Once you have reviewed these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Define earth science
  • Recognize science vocabulary and concepts to make studying easier
  • Understand the terms and steps involved in the scientific method
  • Describe the groups and periods included on the periodic table
  • Explain the method used in scientific experimental design
  • Convert units in the metric system
  • Identify variables and interpret visual data

Our mobile-friendly lessons and quizzes are accessible to you at any time, seven days a week. Use the chapter tests and lesson quizzes to gauge how well you understand the material covered. Each lesson is accompanied by a printable transcript so you can review the material offline as often as you'd like. If you need assistance as you work through the lessons, contact one of our instructors for more help.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Earth Science & Science Basics
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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.

Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

2. Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

Learning science presents a unique set of challenges for students. In this lesson, learn the tricks of the trade as we discuss scientific vocabulary and other science study skills.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.

The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

4. The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

How is the periodic table like the map you used on your last road trip? In this lesson, you will be introduced to the periodic table, the road map of chemists. We will discuss how the elements are organized and how you can use this organization to identify some of their major physical properties.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

5. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

6. The Metric System: Units and Conversion

Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

7. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

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