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Ch 24: OAE Earth & Space Science: Solar System

About This Chapter

As you study for the OAE Earth and Space Science exam, use this chapter to review details about the formation of the solar system as well as the planets, dwarf planets and asteroids that orbit the sun.

OAE Earth & Space Science: Solar System - Chapter Summary

These lesson videos have been assembled to improve your understanding of the structures of the solar system and theories about how they formed. These lessons are taught by expert instructors with the objective of preparing you for related questions on the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) in Earth and Space Science. After going through this chapter, you should have a better understanding of:

  • The solar nebula theory
  • Calculations of the age of the solar system
  • Difference between the theoretical and actual temperature of the solar system
  • Planetary and satellite formation
  • Characteristics of the planets in our solar system
  • Inner, outer and dwarf planets
  • Asteroids, meteorites and comets

View the video lessons as often as necessary to strengthen your knowledge of the above topics. Each lesson is accompanied by a quiz that you can take at any point to test your remembrance. Should you have any questions, our instructors are interactively available to help.

OAE Earth & Space Science: Solar System Objectives

Passing the OAE Earth and Space Science is one of the requirements for teachers in the state of Ohio who want to teach the subjects. This is computer-based certification exam composed of 150 multiple-choice questions. Examinees will have up to three hours to finish. On test day, you can expect to find 19% of the questions of this exam in the Astronomy domain. The section will include questions about our solar system. Watch the lesson videos and complete the assessments in this chapter to improve your understanding of our solar system and prepare yourself for related questions.

12 Lessons in Chapter 24: OAE Earth & Space Science: Solar System
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

2. The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

This lesson will go over the theory that explains how the solar system formed, what theory had once competed with it, and what important implication this theory carries.

Solar Nebula Theory & Patterns of Planetary Motion

3. Solar Nebula Theory & Patterns of Planetary Motion

This lesson will tie together the solar nebula theory and the patterns of motions of the planets in our solar system and why Venus and Uranus are exceptions in the solar system.

What is the Age of the Solar System?

4. What is the Age of the Solar System?

This lesson will tell you how old our solar system is and how we know that's the case thanks to radioactive decay, isotopes, half-life, and the solar nebula.

Theoretical vs. Actual Temperature in our Solar System

5. Theoretical vs. Actual Temperature in our Solar System

This lesson will go over the predicted vs. observed temperature of major celestial bodies in our solar system, if there's a discrepancy between them, and why.

The Condensation Sequences & Planetary Formation

6. The Condensation Sequences & Planetary Formation

In this lesson, you'll learn why the planets have different densities despite being formed from the same solar nebula. We'll cover condensation, uncompressed densities, the ice line, and the condensation sequence.

Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

11. Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

This lesson will describe regular, irregular, collision fragments, captured asteroids, and other types of satellites orbiting around the planets of the solar system.

Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

12. Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

This lesson will cover the definitions and characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteorites. It will also explore what impact they have had on Earth and the impact they might have in the future.

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