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Ch 2: Geologic Time and Earth Science: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Geologic Time and Earth Science chapter of this Earth Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about geologic time. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the theories and methods of geological dating and time required in a typical earth science course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other earth science work.
  • Identify the geologic time 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 geologic time and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding the geologic time scale, radiometric dating, fossil preservation or any other geologic time topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
  • Prefer learning science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their geologic time and earth science unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in earth science
  • Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with the geologic time scale.
  • Compare and contrast theories of geological evolution.
  • Differentiate between numerical and relative dating.
  • Describe the principles and laws used in relative dating.
  • Identify the three common types of radioactive decay.
  • Explain the methods of radiometric dating.
  • Describe the conditions that favor fossil preservation.
  • Explain how fossils can be used in relative dating.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Geologic Time and Earth Science: Tutoring Solution
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Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs

1. Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs

The geologic time scale is an essential tool for understanding the history of Earth and the evolution of life. In this lesson, explore the principal eons, eras, periods, and epochs that help us track major events in geologic history.

Theories of Geological Evolution: Catastrophism vs Uniformitarianism

2. Theories of Geological Evolution: Catastrophism vs Uniformitarianism

Geologists haven't always agreed about the history of our planet. They have debated between catastrophism and uniformitarianism over the last few hundred years! Learn about the two main theories of geologic evolution and how scientists came to resolve the dispute.

Methods of Geological Dating: Numerical and Relative Dating

3. Methods of Geological Dating: Numerical and Relative Dating

Learn how scientists determine the ages of rocks and fossils. We'll explore both relative and numerical dating on our quest to understand the process of geological dating. Along the way, we'll learn how stratigraphic succession and radioactive decay contribute to the work of paleontologists.

What is Relative Dating? - Law of Superposition, Principles of Original Horizontality & Cross-Cutting Relationships

4. What is Relative Dating? - Law of Superposition, Principles of Original Horizontality & Cross-Cutting Relationships

Discover how geologists study the layers in sedimentary rock to establish relative age. Learn how inclusions and unconformities can tell us stories about the geologic past. We'll even visit the Grand Canyon to solve the mystery of the Great Unconformity!

Principles of Radiometric Dating

5. Principles of Radiometric Dating

Radiometric dating is a method used to determine the age of rocks and other materials based on the rate of radioactive decay. Learn about three common types of radioactive decay: alpha decay, beta decay and gamma decay.

Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

6. Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

Radiometric dating is used to estimate the age of rocks and other objects based on the fixed decay rate of radioactive isotopes. Learn about half-life and how it is used in different dating methods, such as uranium-lead dating and radiocarbon dating, in this video lesson.

Conditions of Fossil Preservation: Rapid Burial, Hard Parts & the Elements

7. Conditions of Fossil Preservation: Rapid Burial, Hard Parts & the Elements

Learn how fossils are formed and how varying conditions affect the preservation of organisms. What is the best way for a dinosaur to become fossilized? Find out here!

Relative Dating with Fossils: Index Fossils as Indicators of Time

8. Relative Dating with Fossils: Index Fossils as Indicators of Time

You may already know how to date a fossil with a rock. But did you know that we can also date a rock with a fossil? Watch this video to find out how we use index fossils to establish the relative ages of rocks.

Lystrosaurus: Facts & Overview

9. Lystrosaurus: Facts & Overview

Why is a stumpy-legged, pig-sized reptilian cousin of mammals such an interesting fossil genus? There are actually several reasons, which you will learn about in this lesson.

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