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Fundamentals of Earth Science - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter simplifies the process of studying the fundamentals of earth science. Boost your knowledge of the scientific method, metric system, experimental design in science and more by exploring short video and text lessons developed by teachers for teachers. Take mini quizzes and our practice exam to ensure you fully understand concepts covered in the lessons. If you have a busy schedule, enjoy 24/7 access using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Once you've taken advantage of the resources in this chapter, you will feel confident in your ability to:
- Define and describe earth science
- Exhibit knowledge of important science vocabulary and concepts
- List the steps, terms and examples of the scientific method
- Discuss the meaning and method of experimental design in science
- Describe units and conversion in the metric system
- Read scientific charts and graphs
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.
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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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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Other chapters within the Earth Science for Teachers: Professional Development course
- Geologic Time
- The Properties of Matter
- Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure
- Plate Tectonics
- Minerals and Rocks
- Igneous Rocks
- Weathering and Erosion
- Sedimentary Rocks: A Deeper Look
- Metamorphic Rocks: A Deeper Look
- Rock Deformation and Mountain Building
- Water Balance
- Running Water
- Ground Water
- Coastal Hazards
- The Atmosphere
- Weather and Storms
- Earth History
- Energy Resources