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Ch 18: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Rocks, Minerals & Topography

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Take a refresher course in basic geology using the Rocks, Minerals & Topography chapter of our MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test prep course. Our video lessons can help you reinforce your subject knowledge in preparation for the exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Rocks, Minerals & Topography - Chapter Summary

As you view the video lessons in our Rocks, Minerals & Topography chapter, you will rediscover the powerful forces that have shaped and transformed the Earth's surface. The knowledge you gain here can be applied during the exam. In these lessons, the following topics are addressed:

  • The forces at work on and beneath Earth's surface
  • Rocks and minerals: types, examples and definitions
  • Soil composition, deposition and erosion
  • The interpretation of natural phenomena
  • How to read and interpret a landform diagram
  • Volcanism and earthquakes
  • The definition of topography; reading topographic maps

Each of our video lessons has a timeline feature, one of the many conveniences we include so that you can maximize the effectiveness of your study time. By using the timeline, you can choose specific sections of any of our video lessons that you would like to replay without having to play the lesson back from the very beginning. Our quizzes also have links to the lessons, allowing you to move back and forth between the two as you may require. This enables you to pinpoint your efforts, going to precisely where you feel you need to be.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Rocks, Minerals & Topography Objectives

The objective of the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam is to assess your level of subject knowledge as a prerequisite to obtaining a science teaching endorsement or teaching certificate. This chapter is aligned with the Earth/Space Science domain, one of four that make up the test in its entirety. Each of the four domains makes up 25% of the test.

There are 100 multiple-choice questions on the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam. The assessment is offered in both computer-based and paper-based formats.

10 Lessons in Chapter 18: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Rocks, Minerals & Topography
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The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

1. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.

Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

2. 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.

What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

3. What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about minerals and their properties. You will also understand the importance and everyday use of different types of minerals found on Earth.

The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

4. The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

In this video lesson you will learn how soil is formed and what it is made of. You will also learn about how soil is classified and distributed in layers underground.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

5. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.

How to Interpret Events from Natural Phenomena

6. How to Interpret Events from Natural Phenomena

This lesson will explain what scientists can determine from looking at Earth's rock layers. It will cover terms used to describe parts within the layers of rock and how layers can change over time. Relative dating will also be discussed.

How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

7. How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape

This lesson describes what a landform diagram is. We'll also discuss some basic laws of geology that can help scientists deduce both the order of events that create a landform and the geologic events that occur after a landform's formation.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Evidence of Earth's Inner Layers

8. Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Evidence of Earth's Inner Layers

The interior layers of the earth are not able to be observed directly, so scientists need to rely on other information to learn about it. S waves, P waves, and magma from volcanoes and earthquakes give a glimpse at the layers of the earth by providing data that can be built into a model of the earth.

What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?

9. What Is Topography and How Is Topography Reshaped?

The topography, or surface of the Earth, is constantly changing shape due to many powerful forces. In this lesson, we will learn about some of the amazing changes that occur on Earth due to the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

10. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

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