Ch 54: TExES Science 7-12: Solar System & the Universe

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Start studying for the TExES Science 7-12 exam by utilizing our chapter on the solar system and the universe. There are all kinds of useful resources included in this chapter, making it easy to get ready for the test.

TExES Science 7-12: Solar System & the Universe - Chapter Summary

Peruse this chapter in order to strengthen your knowledge of the solar system and the universe. As a result, you can become more prepared to take the TExES Science 7-12 exam. See what the Big Bang Theory states and review its evidence in this helpful chapter. It contains video lessons that are designed to help you learn more about:

  • Types and life cycles of stars
  • Galaxy formation
  • Structure and life cycle of the sun
  • Black holes and their life cycle
  • The solar system's inner planets
  • Formation of the earth and moon
  • Extraterrestrial life
  • Outer and dwarf planets of the solar system
  • Comets and asteroids
  • Studying the Earth through computer simulations and mathematical models
  • Types of and uses for telescopes

Get ready to look over space-related material in this chapter. The video lessons help you study efficiently, and the self-assessment quizzes let you gauge your knowledge. We also provide lesson transcripts which contain key terms and principles that are helpful to know for the exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 54: TExES Science 7-12: Solar System & the Universe
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The Big Bang Theory: Explanation and Evidence

1. The Big Bang Theory: Explanation and Evidence

A popular scientific theory is that our universe originated with what is known as the Big Bang. This lesson explains what the Big Bang is and the evidence that supports it. Following the lesson, you can test your newfound knowledge with a quiz!

Evidence for the Big Bang Theory: Background Radiation, Red-Shift and Expansion

2. Evidence for the Big Bang Theory: Background Radiation, Red-Shift and Expansion

Discover what evidence exists to support the Big Bang theory of the birth of the universe. Learn how cosmic background radiation, the red shift of light and the ongoing expansion of the universe led scientists to believe that the universe was started with the Big Bang.

Formation, Types & Life Cycles of Stars

3. Formation, Types & Life Cycles of Stars

After reading this lesson, you will be able to describe how stars form and what form they take as well as describing the common cycles of their lives. A short quiz will follow.

Galaxy Formation: Spiral, Elliptical & Irregular Galaxies

4. Galaxy Formation: Spiral, Elliptical & Irregular Galaxies

This lesson explains how galaxies form, starting with the Big Bang. You'll also learn about the solar nebula hypothesis and three galaxy types, including spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies.

The Sun: Structure & Life Cycle

5. The Sun: Structure & Life Cycle

Learn some secrets of our star, the Sun, and discover what's inside of it. Learn about the history and future of the Sun, then test your new knowledge with a quiz!

Life Cycle of Black Holes

6. Life Cycle of Black Holes

Learn about black holes, their myths and their reality. Learn how black holes form after stars undergo supernovae and create singularities. Discover how big black holes grow, how scientists find black holes and where black holes are located in the universe.

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

7. 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.

Formation of the Earth: Theories

8. Formation of the Earth: Theories

In this lesson, the theory of how the planet Earth formed will be discussed. This includes looking at how it differentiated into three layers, how it formed its atmosphere, water, and land features, and how it continues to evolve today.

Formation of the Moon: Theories

9. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

Planetary Predictors of Extraterrestrial Life

10. Planetary Predictors of Extraterrestrial Life

Investigate what is needed for life to exist anywhere and the implications for life in our solar system beyond Earth. Consider Mars and some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, including Europa, Callisto, Ganymede and Enceladus.

Outer Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

11. 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

12. 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, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

13. Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

This lesson will cover the definitions and characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteorites. It will also explore what impact they have had on Earth and the impact they might have in the future.

Using Technology to Study the Earth & Universe

14. Using Technology to Study the Earth & Universe

Have you ever wondered how we know so much about the universe? Learn about how we use technology to study the universe, from the tiny to the enormous. Then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Types of Telescopes: Radio, Reflecting & Refracting Telescopes

15. Types of Telescopes: Radio, Reflecting & Refracting Telescopes

Learn about the different types of telescopes that astronomers use: X-ray, radio, gamma ray, reflecting and refracting. Learn what the differences are between them and what different things they show us about the universe.

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