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STAAR Science - Grade 8: Atmospheric Interactions - Chapter Summary
After reviewing the concepts in this chapter, students will have a better understanding of the sources and patterns of atmospheric interactions. Expert instructors have designed these lessons to provide the most useful information, while also engaging students' attention as they prepare for the STAAR Science - Grade 8 exam. Key objectives assessed on the exam and covered in this chapter include:
- Reactions of the winds, currents and water cycle to the sun's energy
- Atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns and their effects on climate
- Formation of hurricanes
- Types of weather fronts and how to predict them using tools, maps and symbols
This program allows students to work at their own pace, with the ability to track their progress using the dashboard feature. Once they finish a lesson, they can stop to assess their comprehension by taking the short multiple-choice quiz. As students complete the entire chapter, they can use the more comprehensive chapter exam to identify any areas they need to re-examine. If they would like to continue studying this material offline, they can print the quiz worksheets and transcripts for video lessons.
1. The Sun as a Source of Energy for Winds, Currents & the Water Cycle
View this lesson to learn how energy from the sun powers our winds, ocean currents and the water cycle. Learn how the winds, ocean currents and the water cycle react to the energy from the sun.
2. 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.
3. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate
The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.
4. What Is a Hurricane? - Definition and Formation
Hurricanes are powerful storms with sustained winds over 74 miles per hour. They form over warm ocean waters. Learn facts about hurricanes, including how they form, why they rotate and how they get stronger.
5. 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.
6. Predicting the Weather: Tools, Maps & Symbols
How do weather forecasters predict the weather? What tools are used? When you look at a weather map, what do all the symbols mean? Learn about predicting and mapping the weather in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the STAAR Science - Grade 8: Test Prep & Practice course
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- STAAR Science - Grade 8: The Periodic Table
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Chemical Formulas & Equations
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Force & Motion
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Work & Energy
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Earth & Space
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Exploration of the Universe
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Earth's Structure & Topography
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Living Organisms
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Genetics
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Ecosystems & the Environment
- STAAR Science - Grade 8: Scientific Processes & Tools
- STAAR Science - Grade 8 Flashcards