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Ch 12: Michigan Merit Exam: Severe Weather

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This study chapter will teach you all you need to know about severe weather for the earth sciences portion of the Michigan Merit Exam. The brief but comprehensive video lessons can help ensure that you comprehend and retain the information you need for test day.

Michigan Merit Exam: Severe Weather - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to learn or review what you need to know about the causes and mechanisms of different kinds of severe weather. The lessons use a multi-pronged approach to ensure comprehension of these topics:

  • Cyclones, thunderstorms, and tornadoes
  • Hurricanes and floods
  • Air pressure, temperature, and density
  • The mechanics of wind
  • Weather fronts and types of air masses
  • The definition and mechanics of air lift

You can view the entertaining video lessons and then review the material using the written lesson transcripts. The interactive timeline feature enables you to skip straight to any video topic you need to revisit, and the lesson quizzes and chapter exams can help you ensure retention for the real test.

Michigan Merit Exam: Severe Weather Chapter Objectives

The Michigan Merit Exam is given to 11th-grade public school students in Michigan every spring to examine their development relative to the academic standards laid down by the state. Our chapter on severe weather is relevant to one part of the multifaceted exam, the M-Step science test. The science test itself is divided into two parts, and although this computer-based test is untimed, it has an estimated duration of 50 minutes per part.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: Michigan Merit Exam: Severe Weather
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

1. What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

The word cyclone refers to many different types of storms. In this video lesson you will learn about how cyclones form, what makes each type different, and what their effects are on both people and the environment.

What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

2. What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

Thunderstorms are common all over the world. In this video lesson, you will learn what they are, how they form and how they create thunder and lightning.

What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

3. What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people. In this video lesson, you will learn how and where they form, as well as how scientists classify tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

4. Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

Hurricanes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people each year. But what are hurricanes and how do they form? In this video lesson you'll learn about where and how hurricanes develop as well as the types of hurricanes that are possible.

What Are Floods? - Causes, Types & Prevention

5. What Are Floods? - Causes, Types & Prevention

In this video lesson, you will study floods, their causes and their effects. You will learn to identify various methods that are used to prevent floods and explore how preventing natural flood cycles can lead to dangerous flood events.

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

6. Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

Weather is influenced by a number of factors. In this lesson, you will learn about three key variables that control weather and how they work together to do so.

Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

7. Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

In this video lesson, you will learn about wind and some factors that affect it, such as air temperature and pressure, the Coriolis effect, and friction. By the end of this lesson, you will also understand how Earth's rotation plays a role in how winds travel.

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

8. Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

In this video lesson you will learn about how air masses with different characteristics create weather fronts. You will also identify the different types of fronts, as well as what type of weather occurs along them.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

9. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

Air Lift: Definition & Processes

10. Air Lift: Definition & Processes

In this video lesson, you will learn about air lift. You will also identify the different ways air is lifted, as well as some of the effects each mechanism has.

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