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Measurements in Earth Science - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides all the information you need to know about measurements in Earth science. Review short video and text lessons from home or on-the-go to enhance your knowledge of ways to measure time, distance, temperature and much more. By the end of this chapter, you will have the ability to:
- Convert mass and volume from one unit system to the other
- Define and measure temperature
- Calculate the density of solids or liquids
- Measure and calculate elapsed time
- Understand distance, direction and scale on a map
- Measure distance using U.S. customary units
- Describe units used in the metric system for measuring distance
- Share the meaning of elevation and depth, and calculate changes in both
- Explain units used to measure pressure
Lessons in this chapter can easily be accessed from any computer, smartphone or tablet with an Internet connection. Access them anytime, day or night, until you're sure you understand the common measurements used in Earth science. Gauge your knowledge by taking multiple-choice lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. Any questions you have about lesson concepts can be submitted to our experts.
1. Mass and Volume: Formulas, Unit Conversion & Practice Problems
Learn about how mass and volume are connected by a special formula, how to calculate volumes of common 3D shapes, and how to convert between different units of mass and volume. Complete some practice problems and perfect your skills.
2. What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement
In the most intuitive terms, temperature refers to how hot or cold something is. Learn more about temperature as a measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in an object and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
3. How to Calculate the Density of Solids or Liquids
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what density is and calculate the density of solids or liquids from physical measurements. A short quiz will follow.
4. How to Measure & Calculate Elapsed Time
Time is constantly passing, but how can we calculate how much time is passing? In this lesson, we'll learn what elapsed time is and explore two ways to measure and calculate it.
5. Understanding Distance, Direction & Scale
If you're lost in the rainforest with a map, you'll need to know how to use that map. Learn about some basic concepts that you need to know to read a map: distance, direction, and scale. Then take a quiz to see how prepared you are for the wild.
6. U.S. Customary Units to Measure Distance
After watching this video lesson, you will know what the units for measuring distance are in the United States and how to convert between the units. You will see that there is a special number for each conversion.
7. Distance in the Metric System
Watch this video lesson to learn what units are used in the metric system for measuring. Also, learn how easy it is to convert from one unit to another.
8. Elevation & Depth: Definition & Calculation
In this lesson we will learn about elevation and depth. We will learn what they have to do with sea level and how to calculate elevation and depth using a known point as a benchmark.
9. Pressure: Definition, Units, and Conversions
Have you ever wondered what pressure is and how it gets measured? In this lesson, we are going to define pressure and explain some of the units that are used to express measurements of pressure.
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Other chapters within the Virginia SOL - Earth Science: Test Prep & Practice course
- Conducting Earth Science Experiments
- Scientific Reasoning & Logic
- Characteristics of Earth & the Solar System
- Space Exploration
- Earth's Natural Resources
- Intro to Rocks, Minerals & Soil
- Basics of Plate Tectonics
- Earth's Freshwater Resources
- Fossils & Geologic Time
- Ocean & Coastal Processes
- Evolution of the Atmosphere
- Climate, Weather & Energy Transferring
- Origin & Evolution of the Universe
- Virginia SOL - Earth Science Flashcards