Ch 17: Solar System Organization & Components

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Use this chapter on solar system organization and components to catch up after missing class or to study for a tough exam. The easy-to-follow video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes can help you review and understand these earth science subjects with ease.

Solar System Organization & Components - Chapter Summary

Our experienced instructors present subjects relating to the organization and components of the solar system in these engaging lessons. Outlined in concise videos, the topics include an overview of the solar system, asteroids, planets and gravity. After you finish this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Identify the inner planets of the solar system
  • Name the outer planets of the solar system
  • Explain which planets are considered dwarf planets and why
  • Discuss the origins of asteroids
  • Outline the properties of comets
  • Detail Kepler's three laws of planetary motion
  • Describe the purpose of gravity in the solar system
  • Define the laws of inertia and the formula used to find them

Whether you need a quick review or want to take your time to really understand these topics, this chapter is for you. All of our video lessons are self paced and easy to navigate using the video tabs feature found in the Timeline. Our printable lesson transcripts make helpful study guides you can use to review the major concepts presented in the lessons offline at any time.

9 Lessons in Chapter 17: Solar System Organization & Components
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.

Inner Planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Asteroids: Origin & Properties

5. Asteroids: Origin & Properties

This lesson will go over the history, origin, and orbit of asteroids. You'll also learn which asteroids are the most common type and what NEOs, Apollo objects, and many other objects are.

Comets: Origin & Properties

6. Comets: Origin & Properties

This lesson will define and discuss comets, a coma, dust tail, gas tail, sublimation, the composition of comets and their origins in the Oort cloud and Kuiper belt.

Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

7. Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

Find out about the interesting life and major contributions of Johannes Kepler. This lesson will also teach you how to find out how long it takes a planet to revolve around the sun!

Gravity in the Solar System: Shaping Planets & Stars

8. Gravity in the Solar System: Shaping Planets & Stars

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what gravity is, and the role it plays in forming the shapes of planets and stars. A short quiz will follow.

Laws of Inertia: Definition & Formula

9. Laws of Inertia: Definition & Formula

Inertia is the tendency of an object to stay at rest or in motion. Learn more about Newton's first law as it explains how forces acting on an object are related to the object's mass and motion through several examples, and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

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