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Earth & The Solar System - Chapter Summary
Each of the video lessons in this chapter will teach you about an important topic relevant to the Earth and the solar system. Our lesson instructors will go through each topic clearly and comprehensively, so that you come away with all information you will need on this subject.
The lessons begin with overviews of Earth, ways in which scientists study the history of the Earth and the theories on how it formed. Then, the lessons will go over facts and theories about the solar system and its components. Specific topics you will learn about in this chapter are:
- Theories on the formation of the Earth
- The history and facts of paleontology
- What four eons compose the geologic record of Earth
- Significance of fossils
- Ways in which the sun, moon, and earth interact
- Overview of the solar system
- The definition of and facts about stars and planets
The video tags in each lesson allow you to locate the most important points in the videos without having to start from the beginning. The chapter also contains transcripts of each lesson that will serve as an additional educational resource. Additionally, the chapter's practice quizzes will help you determine how much you can recall from the chapter's main topics.
1. Formation of the Earth: Theories
In this lesson, the theory of how the planet Earth formed will be discussed. This includes looking at how it differentiated into three layers, how it formed its atmosphere, water, and land features, and how it continues to evolve today.
2. Paleontology & Dinosaurs - Definition, History & Facts
For most of human history, paleontology was like the fossil evidence it is based on--undiscovered. Once unearthed, the science of paleontology grew rapidly, evolving in unpredictable ways. Learn the definition of paleontology and the history of this rock-solid science, then test your new knowledge with a quiz.
3. The Geologic Record: Definition & Timeline
Have you ever wondered how our Earth is subdivided, time-wise? The geologic record has four eons that help divide important parts of our Earth's history, and this lesson goes over them.
4. Fossil Record: Definition & Examples
This lesson teaches you about the fossil record. It explains how scientists learn about Earth's distant past and highlights what fossils can tell scientists about ourselves and other organisms.
5. Solar System, Galaxy, & Universe: Definitions & Difference
Want to learn what the universe, galaxy, and solar system are as well as some cool facts about each one? This lesson will give you an overview of what these three things are in a relatable fashion.
6. 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.
7. Stars: Definition & Facts
Before you name a star after someone, get the facts! Stars are a lot more than pretty lights up in the sky. Complete this lesson to learn more about nuclear fusion, main sequence stars, red giants, and more.
8. What are Planets? - Facts & Definition
In this lesson, you'll learn the official definition of a planet, how planets are formed, and about the two types of planets found in our solar system: terrestrial planets and gas giants.
9. 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.
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