Ch 5: Michigan Merit Exam: The Rock Cycle

About This Chapter

Use this study chapter on the rock cycle to enhance your preparation for the earth sciences portion of the Michigan Merit Exam. The lessons are presented in a video format and come with a written video transcript to better enable lesson retention.

Michigan Merit Exam: The Rock Cycle - Chapter Summary

Before taking the Michigan Merit Exam, learn about where rocks come from and how they change with time. The lessons in this brief study chapter cover these topics:

  • The rock cycle
  • Types of rocks
  • Igneous rock and tectonic plates
  • Sedimentary lithification
  • Metamorphic rocks

View and review the brief video lessons as many times as you find necessary. You can also use the written transcript to enhance your comprehension as well as the interactive video timeline to search for specific video topics to review. The lesson quizzes and practice exams are there to help you make sure you are ready for test day.

Michigan Merit Exam: The Rock Cycle Chapter Objectives

In the spring of each year, the Michigan Department of Education gives the 11th-grade population of the public schools the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) to gauge their academic progress against state standards. The MME is actually an umbrella term for several tests, including the computer-based M-Step test. This chapter is relevant to the M-Step science session which is not time-limited but is estimated to take 50 minutes to complete.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: Michigan Merit Exam: The Rock Cycle
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Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

1. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

2. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

Locating Igneous Rocks: The Relationship Between Igneous Rocks & Tectonic Plates

3. Locating Igneous Rocks: The Relationship Between Igneous Rocks & Tectonic Plates

Igneous rock can form where tectonic plates diverge or converge. Learn how the movement of tectonic plates can create the right conditions of the solidification of magma and the formation of igneous rocks.

Lithification of Sediments: Definition & Processes

4. Lithification of Sediments: Definition & Processes

Lithification is the process that turns loose, unconsolidated sediment into solid sedimentary rock. Learn about the three ways lithification is accomplished, including compaction, cementation and recrystallization, in this lesson.

Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors

5. Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors

Exposure to intense heat and pressure can result in the metamorphism of previously formed rocks. Learn about the factors that influence metamorphism and the metamorphic processes: recrystallization, neometamorphism and metasomatism in this lesson.

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