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Ch 10: Michigan Merit Exam: Earth's Climate

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Our study chapter on Earth's climate will help you prepare for the Earth sciences portion of the Michigan Merit Exam. The entertaining video lessons are easy to assimilate and review in order to enhance your comprehension and retention of the material for test day.

Michigan Merit Exam: Earth's Climate - Chapter Summary

Before you take on the Michigan Merit Exam's questions on the Earth's climate, you'll need to understand how different factors, including the sun and ocean, affect our climate. This chapter will take you on a tour of the following related topics:

  • The sun and Earth's temperature
  • Atmospheric circulation
  • Classifications of climate
  • Factors that determine regional climates
  • Oceanic circulation and climate

The videos can be viewed as many times as required to ensure your understanding of the material. In addition, you can use the interactive timeline feature to jump to specific topics and read the written lesson transcripts to see the information in a different format. The lesson quizzes and practice exams are there to help make sure you are retaining the information you need and have a chance to see the kinds of questions you will run across on the real test.

Michigan Merit Exam: Earth's Climate Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is actually made up of several tests. Its goal is to test the academic development of 11th-grade students in Michigan's public schools every spring. This chapter is relevant to the computer-based M-Step science exam which takes an average of 50 minutes to complete.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Michigan Merit Exam: Earth's Climate
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Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

1. Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

In this video lesson, learn about solar energy and how it affects temperatures on Earth. You will also learn what causes changes in day length and why some parts of Earth experience seasonal differences throughout the year.

The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

2. The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Sahara Desert, tropical rainforests, and cold polar winds are all due to Earth's rotation. In this video lesson, you will learn how this rotation has created global air circulation patterns on Earth and how it is responsible for such diverse climate patterns across the globe.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

3. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

4. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

5. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

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