Ch 19: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): The Hydrosphere

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Prepare for your MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam with the help of these fun video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes on rivers, streams, ocean circulation, groundwater, and more.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): The Hydrosphere - Chapter Summary

If you're getting ready to sit for the MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam, consider using these video lessons to get a concise review of the hydrologic cycle and the characteristics of Earth's fresh and saltwater resources. Chapter topics are listed below:

  • Distribution of Earth's water
  • Ocean water properties
  • Ocean circulation
  • Rivers and streams
  • Ground and surface water
  • The hydrologic cycle
  • Runoff and infiltration

This chapter includes plenty of resources to help you develop a study plan that matches your learning style and scheduling needs. Instruction is available in the form of self-paced videos and transcripts. You can also take the lesson quizzes online or print out a worksheet for the times when you need to study but don't have Internet access.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): The Hydrosphere Chapter Objectives

This MTTC exam is used to test the subject-area expertise of applicants for a secondary integrated science teaching endorsement in Michigan. You can use this chapter to prepare for questions requiring a knowledge of Earth's oceans as well as surface and groundwater characteristics; the effects of ocean currents on climate; groundwater movement and renewal; and the stages in the hydrologic cycle.

These and other Earth and space science-related questions make up around a quarter of the exam's 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam can be taken either on paper or by computer. The paper-based version must be completed within four hours and 30 minutes, and the computer-based version has a two-hour-and-30-minute time limit.

11 Lessons in Chapter 19: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): The Hydrosphere
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The Distribution of Water on Earth

1. The Distribution of Water on Earth

Water covers most of Earth but in a variety of forms. In this video lesson you will learn about how water is distributed on Earth, though you may be surprised to find out just how little of it we can access!

Properties of Ocean Water

2. Properties of Ocean Water

Ocean waters are salty and contain minerals and dissolved gases. They also have a high heat capacity and vary in density depending on temperature and salinity. Learn more about the unique chemical and physical properties of ocean water.

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

3. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

Rivers: Definition & Explanation

4. Rivers: Definition & Explanation

Explore rivers and how they develop from small streams to swiftly flowing rapids. Learn about how rivers shape the land around them, creating canyons, flood plains and deltas.

How Rivers and Streams Affect the Earth's Surface

5. How Rivers and Streams Affect the Earth's Surface

Rivers and streams are powerful, ever-changing systems that can alter the surface of the Earth. While they share many similar features, they can be vastly different. In this lesson, we will learn how rivers and streams form, transport sediment, and flood.

What is Groundwater? - Definition & Explanation

6. What is Groundwater? - Definition & Explanation

Groundwater accounts for up to 20% of all the fresh water on Earth. This lesson will explain what ground water is and its important aspects. Once you've finished the lesson, test your understanding with a quiz.

Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

7. Ground and Surface Water: Effects On Landscapes

In this lesson, you will learn how groundwater and surface water form features on Earth and cause changes in landscapes. You will also learn about the different types of features formed by each type of water.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

8. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

9. The Hydrologic Cycle: Definition, Process & Diagram

The hydrologic, or water, cycle describes the storage and movement of all water on Earth. This lesson will cover the different reservoirs where water can be stored and how it moves between them.

How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

10. How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

Evaporation and transpiration are important components of the water cycle, and while they are the same process they arise from different sources. In this video lesson you will learn about these two parts of the cycle and how they contribute to the overall movement of water on Earth.

Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

11. Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

When water falls to the ground as precipitation, it can either fill the spaces in the soil below ground or run across the surface. In this video lesson, you will learn about the processes of infiltration and runoff, and how they are an important part of the water cycle on Earth.

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