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Ch 1: Foundations of Earth Science

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Use our engaging text and video lessons to refresh your knowledge about the definition of earth science and the impact of science and scientific discoveries on society.

Foundations of Earth Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons examine the core components of earth science and its impact on society, as well as the history of science and key scientific discoveries. Our instructors also lead you through a discussion on unifying themes and relationships in science. After you've reviewed these lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Explain the impact of technology and math on science
  • Share how space exploration can affect culture and society
  • Discuss the impact of humans on the environment
  • Describe the types of pollution
  • Analyze the applications of earth and space science to every day life

These brief lessons are led by expert instructors, and you can contact them if you have any questions. The quizzes they've devised can help you assess your learning and see which areas require additional study.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Foundations of Earth Science
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The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories

1. The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories

In this lesson, we discuss a few significant events in science's history. We will see how science has changed over the years as we start to question what we think we know.

Unifying Themes, Principles & Relationships in Science

2. Unifying Themes, Principles & Relationships in Science

Learn the true definition of science and explore the main themes and principles to understand how science helps us find relationships in the natural world. Take a quiz to test what you know.

What is Earth Science?

3. 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.

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!

Impact of Technology & Math on Science

6. Impact of Technology & Math on Science

Learn how technology and mathematics are central to science. Discover examples of how scientists use technology and mathematics for research and communication.

How Space Exploration Affects Culture & Society

7. How Space Exploration Affects Culture & Society

Few events have had more impact on human culture and society than space exploration. Learn the various ways that culture and society have changed as a result of major space exploration events like the moon landing.

Human Environmental Impact & Ecological Conservation

8. Human Environmental Impact & Ecological Conservation

The Earth has only so much space for us and our non-human neighbors. In this lesson, we will learn about how humans impact the environment, what causes habitat fragmentation, and what ecological conservation can do to help.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

9. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

Applications of Earth & Space Science to Everyday Life

10. Applications of Earth & Space Science to Everyday Life

Earth's processes and movement have a profound impact on human life. Here we will examine some ways in which earth and space sciences apply to everyday life. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

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