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Ch 44: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Earth's Physical Systems

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This chapter reviews key subjects involving Earth's physical systems. The chapter's practice quizzes let you confirm your grasp of the topics to make sure you're ready for any similar questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Earth's Physical Systems - Chapter Summary

Watch the chapter's video lessons to refresh your memories on the Earth's physical systems, including tectonic plate movement causes and Pangaea. The chapter's effective text and video lessons should prepare you for answering any MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) questions about these other topics as well:

  • The Earth's spheres
  • What the causes of glaciation are
  • Types of volcanic landforms
  • Different landforms that are made by waves
  • How gulfs, seas and oceans are different
  • Earth's main climates
  • Kinds of weathering

Use a computer or other Internet-ready devices to review the video lessons. You can easily go back to a certain video segment with ease by using the video tags.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Earth's Physical Systems Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test assesses your knowledge as part of the process to earn a subject-specific teaching credential in Michigan. Just like the practice questions across this chapter, the test contains multiple-choice questions. Items on the test that address any material found within this chapter will come from the Geography subarea, which makes up 18% of your score.

10 Lessons in Chapter 44: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Earth's Physical Systems
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Pangaea? - Theory & Definition

1. What is Pangaea? - Theory & Definition

The continents you know have existed for a long time, but not in their current locations. In fact, over 200 million years ago Pangaea broke apart by plate tectonic movement to form the continents we see today.

The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

2. The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what oceans, seas and gulfs are and point out some of the most well-known ones on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Landforms Created by Waves

3. Landforms Created by Waves

After completing this lesson, you will be able to list coastal landforms and describe how waves create them. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows the lesson.

Interactions of Earth's Spheres: Purpose and Examples

4. Interactions of Earth's Spheres: Purpose and Examples

The four spheres of Earth drive all of its processes and support life on our unique planet. In this video lesson, you will see examples of how Earth's spheres interact with each other to form an overall complex and connected system.

Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

5. Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement

In this lesson, we explore the causes of plate movement, including thermal convection, ridge push and slab pull. Students will learn how these processes complement each other and form a theory for tectonic plate movement.

Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms

6. 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.

Causes of Glaciation

7. Causes of Glaciation

Glaciation refers to being covered with glaciers. Learn about the theories behind glaciation, including the changing continental positions and the Milankovitch theory, which points to three orbital variations: eccentricity, obliquity and precession, in this lesson.

Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

8. Volcanic Landforms: Types & Formation

Volcanic eruptions pull materials up from deep within the earth to form various volcanic landforms, such as lava domes, lava plateaus, fissure eruptions, craters and calderas. Learn about these volcanic landforms and how they are created.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

9. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

10. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Chapter Practice Exam
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