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

About This Chapter

Watch these fun video lessons and take the short quizzes to prepare for MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam questions on the rock cycle, mineral properties, soil types, topographic maps and more.

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

Re-examine the stages of rock and mineral formation and take another look at some of the processes shaping the Earth's surface. Video lessons and quizzes in this chapter cover the following MTTC exam topics:

  • Stages in the rock cycle
  • Mineral types and properties
  • Soil formation and composition
  • Erosion and deposition
  • Rock strata and relative dating
  • Landform diagrams
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Topography and topographic maps
  • Geologic maps

Modular videos that let you begin and end your study sessions at will and transcripts with important geology concepts in bold are just some of the resources included in this chapter. You'll also find lesson quizzes that link back to video content or you could print them off to create your own offline study materials.

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

The Michigan Department of Education uses test scores on the MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam to determine the eligibility of applicants for a secondary teaching endorsement in this subject area. The exam covers four main subject areas and includes 100 multiple-choice questions.

The rock cycle, soil and mineral formation, topographical features, geologic maps and the effects of earthquakes and volcanoes are just some of the topics covered in the exam's earth and space sciences content domain, which makes up a quarter of the test content. Get ready for these questions with the help of the video lessons and quizzes in this chapter.

10 Lessons in Chapter 18: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): 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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