Ch 6: TASC Science: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning & Resilience

About This Chapter

Ecosystem dynamics, functioning and resilience issues are tackled in this chapter to help you get prepared for the TASC Science test. The chapter gives you numerous self-assessment opportunities by including practice quizzes throughout.

TASC Science: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning & Resilience - Chapter Summary

Pore over this chapter's lessons to get a better idea of an array of ecosystem factors that may surface as you're answering questions on the TASC Science exam. You will be ready for test items on any of the following once you've studied this chapter's resources:

  • Ecological succession and resilience
  • The effects of introduced and invasive species on ecological balance
  • The roles of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases in global warming
  • Pollution, habitat destruction and other environment impacts from humans
  • Humans overexploiting species
  • Conservation biology
  • Habitat fragmentation and metapopulations

The major terms associated with these topics are clearly pointed out in the lesson transcripts. Video tags conveniently allow you to pick out the video portions you'd like to spend additional time with after your first review.

Objectives of the TASC Science: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning & Resilience Chapter

The TASC Science exam is used to assess your compatibility with what is expected from the average senior attending high school. Material in this chapter readies you for test items based on the life sciences content on ecosystems. The whole life sciences area is 36% of the TASC Science test overall. Virtually all exam items are in multiple-choice format, and you'll have about 85 minutes to complete this test.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: TASC Science: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning & Resilience
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Ecological Resilience

1. Ecological Resilience

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what ecological resilience is, and how humans impacts increase the need for it among plants and other animals. A short quiz will follow.

Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

2. Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

Just as people grow and change so, too, do ecosystems. Watch this lesson to learn about ecological succession from the beginning stages of development to a community's ultimate destination, or climax.

How Introduced and Invasive Species Alter Ecological Balance

3. How Introduced and Invasive Species Alter Ecological Balance

What happens to your block when a new neighbor moves in? Something changes, right? Now think about that on an ecological scale: what happens to an environment when a new SPECIES moves in?

Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

4. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.

Human Impacts on the Environment

5. Human Impacts on the Environment

The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction

6. Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction

In this lesson you will learn about two ways humans contribute to species extinction. We break up habitats by building roads and clearing land, and we pollute both land and water. You will also learn about the specific terms used to describe the processes, habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic pollution.

Over-Exploitation: How Humans Affect Ecosystems By Decreasing Species Populations

7. Over-Exploitation: How Humans Affect Ecosystems By Decreasing Species Populations

In this lesson, you'll learn how humans overexploit or overharvest species. You will discover the primary way in which humans are responsible for overfishing. You will also learn about how this negatively impacts ecosystems.

Conservation Biology, Habitat Fragmentation, and Metapopulations

8. Conservation Biology, Habitat Fragmentation, and Metapopulations

It's becoming harder to conserve large, unbroken tracts of wilderness. Is there another way for conservation biologists to ensure the survival of a species? In this lesson, you'll learn about habitat fragmentation and metapopulations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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