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Ch 21: Earthquakes: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Earthquakes chapter of this Earth Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about earthquakes. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach the nature of earthquakes and how to measure them as required in a typical earth science course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other earth science work.
  • Identify the earthquakes concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our earth science tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about earthquakes and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding causes of earthquakes, seismic waves, aftershocks and foreshocks, the Richter Scale or any other earthquakes topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their earth science learning
  • Prefer learning earth science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their earthquakes unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in earth science
  • Don't have access to their earth science teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about earthquakes simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live earth science tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about earthquakes on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the nature and components of earthquakes.
  • Take a look at the causes of earthquakes.
  • Understand how to use seismic activity to identify and study earthquakes.
  • Learn about aftershocks and foreshocks.
  • Discuss the use of the Richter scale to measure earthquakes.
  • Explore the destruction caused by earthquakes.

17 Lessons in Chapter 21: Earthquakes: Tutoring Solution
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What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

1. What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components

Earthquakes are well known for the damage and destruction they leave behind. But what is an earthquake? In this video lesson you will learn about what causes earthquakes and the various components involved in these powerful natural disasters.

The Causes of Earthquakes

2. The Causes of Earthquakes

In this video lesson you will learn what causes earthquakes and where they occur. You will also understand the theory of elastic rebound, and how this relates to movement of the earth's crust.

Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity

3. Identifying and Understanding Earthquakes Using Seismic Activity

Scientists can learn a lot about earthquakes by studying how they move ground. Using seismic activity, we can learn where an earthquake originated as well as how strong it was. In this video lesson, you will learn about seismic activity and how it relates to our understanding of earthquakes.

Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake

4. Aftershocks & Foreshocks of an Earthquake

An earthquake is not an isolated event of ground shaking. Foreshocks and aftershocks occur with most earthquakes, and in this video lesson you will learn about them and how they are part of the overall process.

Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes

5. Using the Richter Scale to Measure Earthquakes

In this video lesson, you will learn about earthquake magnitude and how it is measured. You will also learn how that relates to the amount of energy released during an earthquake, as well as how common different magnitude earthquakes are around the world.

Destruction Caused by Earthquakes

6. Destruction Caused by Earthquakes

Earthquakes are well-known for their damage and destruction, and in this video lesson you will learn about the different types of damage that these dangerous natural disasters can cause.

Elastic Rebound: Definition & Theory

7. Elastic Rebound: Definition & Theory

Did you know the same forces that cause a rubber band to snap back into shape when you stretch it cause some of the world's worst earthquakes? In this lesson, find out what elastic rebound is and why scientists study it in relation to earthquake activity.

Earthquake Waves: Types & Concept

8. Earthquake Waves: Types & Concept

This lesson will describe the main types of earthquake waves, their properties, motion, and effects--including which cause the most damage. Waves discussed include P-waves, S-waves, Rayleigh waves, and Love waves.

P-Waves: Definition & Velocity

9. P-Waves: Definition & Velocity

Primary (P) waves are compressional seismic waves that occur during an earthquake. This lesson will cover the properties of these waves and how they have helped us understand the inner workings of the earth.

S-Waves: Definition & Examples

10. S-Waves: Definition & Examples

S-waves are seismic waves produced by the energy released during an earthquake. S-waves can cause intense damage to structures and are important in determining the location of the epicenter. This lesson will cover the facts about S-waves.

San Andreas Fault: Location, Facts & Earthquakes

11. San Andreas Fault: Location, Facts & Earthquakes

This lesson covers the extremely active San Andreas Fault system in California. You'll learn some basics about the San Andreas and how earthquakes are produced along the 800-mile fault system.

Seismic Shadow Zone: Definition & Overview

12. Seismic Shadow Zone: Definition & Overview

Seismic shadow zones are areas away from the epicenter of an earthquake that seismic waves are blocked or refracted away from. This lesson will cover seismic shadow zones and discuss what they tell us about Earth's interior.

What is a Seismograph? - Definition, History & Facts

13. What is a Seismograph? - Definition, History & Facts

Read about the seismograph, what it measures, how it works, and how it has helped scientists to better understand earthquakes both in the past and today.

What is an Earthquake? - Definition & Explanation

14. What is an Earthquake? - Definition & Explanation

Defining the word 'earthquake' is pretty easy. Understanding why they happen is a bit more complicated. This lesson will give you the information you need to understand how and why earthquakes happen, along with a few associated terms.

What is the Epicenter of an Earthquake? - Definition & Location

15. What is the Epicenter of an Earthquake? - Definition & Location

This lesson will explain what an epicenter is in the context of earthquakes, where it is located, and how that location is determined. A short quiz will follow.

Accretionary Wedge: Definition & Formation

16. Accretionary Wedge: Definition & Formation

Where two tectonic plates collide and one dives below the other, you'll always find accretionary wedges. Read this lesson to learn how these deposits form and what they are made of.

African Tectonic Plate: Facts & Movement

17. African Tectonic Plate: Facts & Movement

The African tectonic plate is one of the eight major tectonic plates on Earth. Read this lesson to learn what makes the African plate unique and how it's moving.

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