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Ch 49: Praxis Biology & General Science: Earth and Space: Meteorology

About This Chapter

Let us help you prepare for the Praxis II Biology and General Science exam. This chapter's video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can get you ready to answer questions about atmospheric cycles, weather variables and other topics covered by the test's Earth and Space Science section.

Praxis II Biology & General Science: Meteorology - Chapter Summary

You can use this chapter's video lessons to get ready for Praxis II Biology and General Science exam questions on topics ranging from pressure gradient forces and the Coriolis effect to air pressure and the Fujita scale. Additional areas of study are listed below:

  • Atmospheric cycles and circulation
  • Factors determining climate
  • Global warming
  • The ozone layer
  • Differences between weather and climate
  • Factors affecting wind
  • Weather variables
  • Types of air masses and weather fronts
  • Causes of tornadoes and cyclones
  • Formation of thunderstorms and hurricanes
  • El Nino and La Nina
  • Flood types and prevention

Watch the video lessons to find out what topics are covered on the exam. If you're unfamiliar with some of these subjects, there are self-assessment quizzes you can use to find out exactly which concepts or terms will require extra study time. Responses even include links back to corresponding video content, which might help reinforce your understanding of the material.

Praxis II Biology & General Science: Meteorology Course Objectives

Topics discussed in this chapter are found on the Praxis II Biology and General Science exam's Earth and Space Science section. This content domain contains around ten percent of the test's 120 multiple-choice questions. Those covering meteorology might ask you to identify stages in the Earth's water cycle and name factors affecting a region's climate, for example.

Your performance on the Praxis II Biology and General Science exam will be used to determine your academic preparedness to teach high school general science or biology in states that require passing scores as part of the teacher licensing process.

16 Lessons in Chapter 49: Praxis Biology & General Science: Earth and Space: Meteorology
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Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

1. Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

Weather is the current state of the atmosphere and is determined by factors like temperature, pressure and humidity. These factors that cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses are explored in this lesson.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

2. 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.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

3. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

4. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.

Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

5. Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

This video lesson will guide you in understanding the difference between climate and weather. Discover how they are different but related and how they are the ways you can describe atmospheric conditions on Earth.

Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

6. Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

In this video lesson, you will learn about wind and some factors that affect it, such as air temperature and pressure, the Coriolis effect, and friction. By the end of this lesson, you will also understand how Earth's rotation plays a role in how winds travel.

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

7. Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

Weather is influenced by a number of factors. In this lesson, you will learn about three key variables that control weather and how they work together to do so.

The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

8. The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Sahara Desert, tropical rainforests, and cold polar winds are all due to Earth's rotation. In this video lesson, you will learn how this rotation has created global air circulation patterns on Earth and how it is responsible for such diverse climate patterns across the globe.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

9. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

10. Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

In this video lesson you will learn about how air masses with different characteristics create weather fronts. You will also identify the different types of fronts, as well as what type of weather occurs along them.

What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

11. What Are Tornadoes? - Definition, Causes & The Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people. In this video lesson, you will learn how and where they form, as well as how scientists classify tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

12. What Are Thunderstorms? - Definition, Types & Formation

Thunderstorms are common all over the world. In this video lesson, you will learn what they are, how they form and how they create thunder and lightning.

What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

13. What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects

The word cyclone refers to many different types of storms. In this video lesson you will learn about how cyclones form, what makes each type different, and what their effects are on both people and the environment.

Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

14. Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects

Hurricanes are dangerous storms that affect millions of people each year. But what are hurricanes and how do they form? In this video lesson you'll learn about where and how hurricanes develop as well as the types of hurricanes that are possible.

The Relationship Between El Nino & La Nina

15. The Relationship Between El Nino & La Nina

In this video lesson, you will learn about El Niño and La Niña. You will understand the differences between them, as well as some of their effects on both ocean waters and weather patterns on land.

What Are Floods? - Causes, Types & Prevention

16. What Are Floods? - Causes, Types & Prevention

In this video lesson, you will study floods, their causes and their effects. You will learn to identify various methods that are used to prevent floods and explore how preventing natural flood cycles can lead to dangerous flood events.

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