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Ch 23: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Solar System

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The solar system holds a massive amount of discoveries for new students of science. This chapter presents topics on the solar system for those who need to review for the MTTC Integrated Science exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Solar System - Chapter Summary

The exploration of the solar system that includes Earth reveals some fascinating information about the potential for life. This set of video lessons will guide you through what you have learned in the past while simultaneously preparing you for the solar system-related material that will appear on the MTTC Integrated Science exam. The topics covered in this chapter include the following:

  • Characteristics of planets
  • Details about the inner and outer planets
  • The dwarf planets of the solar system
  • Visibility and orbits
  • Phases of the moon, and the ways in which the sun and Earth affect them
  • The structures of our sun and galaxy
  • Season cycles
  • The sequences of lunar and solar eclipses
  • Annular eclipse and gravity
  • The influences of the moon and sun on tides

The timeline feature of this chapter allows you to easily jump to any position in the video regardless of your progress, enabling you to review content about the solar system at your own pace. The self-assessment quizzes included with this set of lessons will give you an idea of what to expect on the day of your MTTC Integrated Science exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The Solar System Objectives

The MTTC Integrated Science exam is what you are taking to gain certification as a science teacher in Michigan elementary schools. The content on the solar system can be found in the Earth/Space Science section of the test, which takes up about twenty-five percent of the multiple-choice exam. The assessment is administered by computer or, if you prefer, on paper. Each version contains 100 multiple-choice questions but they have different time limits. You'll be allowed as much as four hours and 30 minutes to complete the paper-based test, but only two hours and 30 minutes to finish the computer-administered version.

15 Lessons in Chapter 23: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): The 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres

5. Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres

Discover why Pluto had to leave the league of planets and was downgraded to a dwarf planet. Learn the definitions for planet and dwarf planet. Find out about the currently classified dwarf planets in our solar system: Pluto, Eris, Ceres, Haumea and Makemake.

Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

6. Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

This lesson will tell you which planets in our solar system you can see with the naked eye and which ones you cannot. You'll also learn how they appear to move in our sky and why we can see them in the first place.

Structure of the Sun

7. Structure of the Sun

Discover the layers of the sun, including the core, radiative zone, convective zone, photosphere, chromosphere, and corona. Find out which layers you can see from Earth. Investigate what sunspots and solar flares are.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

8. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

9. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

The Cycle of the Seasons in Astronomy

10. The Cycle of the Seasons in Astronomy

This lesson will explain to you why the Earth has different seasons, what the equinoxes and solstices are, their names, and if the distance the Earth is from the Sun influences the seasons.

Lunar Eclipse: Definition & Types

11. Lunar Eclipse: Definition & Types

This lesson will teach you about the lunar eclipse. You'll learn the difference between a penumbral, partial, and total lunar eclipse, and see what totality means with respect to a total lunar eclipse.

What Is a Solar Eclipse?

12. What Is a Solar Eclipse?

This lesson will describe what a solar eclipse is, why it's possible, when a partial or a total one will occur, and what cool effects occur during one.

Annular Eclipse: The Changing Size of the Moon

13. Annular Eclipse: The Changing Size of the Moon

This lesson will explain what an annular eclipse is and why it occurs with respect to the sizes of the Moon, the Sun, and the position of the Moon during its orbit.

How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

14. How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

This lesson will define tides, the tidal force, neap tide, and spring tide. It will also talk about how the sun, moon, and Earth interact to produce tidal bulges.

The Structure of Our Galaxy

15. The Structure of Our Galaxy

If you ever looked up at the night sky far away from city lights, you would've seen a band of light across the night sky and lots of stars scattered around the rest of the sky. Why? The structure of our galaxy will explain exactly why.

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