Ch 3: Prentice Hall Earth Science Chapter 3: Rocks

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The Rocks chapter of this Prentice Hall Earth Science Textbook Companion Course helps students learn essential earth science lessons of rocks. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Rocks textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Earth Science Rocks chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover rocks topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, re-watch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • The rock cycle
  • Types of rocks
  • Bowen's reaction series
  • The classification of igneous rocks
  • How to determine the origin of a sedimentary rock
  • Detrital and chemical sedimentary rocks
  • Metamorphism of rocks
  • Classification of metamorphic rocks

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8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Prentice Hall Earth Science Chapter 3: Rocks
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Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

1. 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.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

2. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

Bowen's Reaction Series: Crystallization Process & Magmatic Differentiation

3. Bowen's Reaction Series: Crystallization Process & Magmatic Differentiation

Bowen's reaction series and magmatic differentiation are two ways of explaining how igneous rocks form. Learn about the continuous and discontinuous series of the Bowen's reaction series and how magmatic differentiation works in this video lesson.

Classification of Igneous Rocks: Textures and Composition

4. Classification of Igneous Rocks: Textures and Composition

Igneous rocks can be classified by their texture and composition. Learn how texture is influenced by the cooling rate of magma and how different mineral compositions lead to different igneous rock classifications in this video lesson.

Determining the Origin of a Sedimentary Rock

5. Determining the Origin of a Sedimentary Rock

Sedimentary rocks contain features that indicate the kind of environment from which they originated. Learn about sedimentary structures, such as graded bedding, cross-bedding, ripple marks and mud cracks, and how they provide clues to the rocks origin in this lesson.

Detrital & Chemical Sedimentary Rocks: Definition & Differences

6. Detrital & Chemical Sedimentary Rocks: Definition & Differences

Detrital or clastic sedimentary rocks are composed of rock fragments. They are different than chemical sedimentary rocks, which are composed of mineral crystals. Learn how these sedimentary rocks differ in their formation and composition.

Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors

7. Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors

Exposure to intense heat and pressure can result in the metamorphism of previously formed rocks. Learn about the factors that influence metamorphism and the metamorphic processes: recrystallization, neometamorphism and metasomatism in this lesson.

Classification of Metamorphic Rocks: Texture & Parent

8. Classification of Metamorphic Rocks: Texture & Parent

Metamorphic rocks are classified by their texture, which is either foliated or non-foliated, and according to their parent rock. Learn about the different textures and parent rocks of metamorphic rocks.

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