Ch 82: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Solar System

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The lessons in this chapter can help you get reacquainted with the solar system as you prepare to take the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment. You can take self-assessment quizzes to gauge your comprehension of the lessons.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Solar System - Chapter Summary

Rediscover various aspects of the solar system to ensure you're prepared to answer related questions on the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment. In no time, you will be able to:

  • Discuss major aspects and characteristics of the solar system
  • Explain the solar nebular theory and discuss the patterns of planetary motion
  • Provide insight into condensation sequences and why planets have different densities
  • Determine the age of the solar system
  • Describe the inner and outer planets of the solar system
  • Share Jupiter's important properties and Saturn's major characteristics

Determine which lessons you need to review by scrolling through them using the right-hand sidebar. You can watch any or all as often as you'd like and in any sequence until you're sure you're ready to address the solar system on the exam.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Solar System Chapter Objectives

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment is a subject-matter test designed to ensure educators have the licensure needed to teach math and science in state middle schools. The test is computer-based and consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open responses. Passing requires earning a minimum score of 240.

The lessons in this chapter cover topics found in the earth and space science subarea of the test, which constitutes about 8% of the test and is found in the multiple-choice section. You can watch the lessons to thoroughly review the solar system and access full lesson transcripts you can print to take notes and highlight key information. Self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam are available to assess your readiness to take the test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 82: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Solar System
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Solar System Overview

1. Solar System Overview

This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.

Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

2. Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

This lesson will go over some characteristics of the planets in our solar system with respect to their masses, diameters, temperatures, densities, and rotation.

The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

3. The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

This lesson will go over the theory that explains how the solar system formed, what theory had once competed with it, and what important implication this theory carries.

Solar Nebula Theory & Patterns of Planetary Motion

4. Solar Nebula Theory & Patterns of Planetary Motion

This lesson will tie together the solar nebula theory and the patterns of motions of the planets in our solar system and why Venus and Uranus are exceptions in the solar system.

The Condensation Sequences & Planetary Formation

5. The Condensation Sequences & Planetary Formation

In this lesson, you'll learn why the planets have different densities despite being formed from the same solar nebula. We'll cover condensation, uncompressed densities, the ice line, and the condensation sequence.

What is the Age of the Solar System?

6. What is the Age of the Solar System?

This lesson will tell you how old our solar system is and how we know that's the case thanks to radioactive decay, isotopes, half-life, and the solar nebula.

Inner Planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars

7. Inner Planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars

Take a tour of the four inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Known as the terrestrial planets, find out what makes each of them unique and how they are different from the outer planets, the gas giants.

Outer Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

8. Outer Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Take a tour of the outer planets of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Find out what makes each of these gas giants unique and learn about Pluto, a dwarf planet.

Jupiter's Important Properties

9. Jupiter's Important Properties

This lesson will go over the basic but important concepts related to Jupiter's interior, atmosphere, moons, and ring. You'll learn whether Jupiter is mainly a gaseous, liquid, or rocky planet!

Saturn's Major Characteristics

10. Saturn's Major Characteristics

This lesson will describe for you what Saturn is made of, how it compares to the Earth and Jupiter, and some interesting things about its rings and moon.

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