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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the TExES Science 7-12 (236): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the TExES Science 7-12 Exam
- TExES Science 7-12: Scientific Inquiry & Processes
- TExES Science 7-12: Motion
- TExES Science 7-12: Fluid Mechanics
- TExES Science 7-12: Newton's Laws
- TExES Science 7-12: Oscillations
- TExES Science 7-12: Laws of Gravitation
- TExES Science 7-12: Electrical Forces & Fields
- TExES Science 7-12: Electricity & Magnetism
- TExES Science 7-12: Potential & Capacitance
- TExES Science 7-12: Work, Energy & Power
- TExES Science 7-12: Linear & Angular Momentum
- TExES Science 7-12: Thermodynamics
- TExES Science 7-12: Optics & Waves
- TExES Science 7-12: Quantum Physics
- TExES Science 7-12: Matter & Atomic Structure
- TExES Science 7-12: Periodicity
- TExES Science 7-12: Properties of Gases
- TExES Science 7-12: Chemical Bonding
- TExES Science 7-12: Chemical Equations & Stoichiometry
- TExES Science 7-12: Equilibrium
- TExES Science 7-12: Properties of Solutions
- TExES Science 7-12: Energy Transformations
- TExES Science 7-12: Radioactivity
- TExES Science 7-12: Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
- TExES Science 7-12: Acid-Base Chemistry
- TExES Science 7-12: Organic Compounds
- TExES Science 7-12: Cell Biology
- TExES Science 7-12: Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells
- TExES Science 7-12: Protists, Fungi & Viruses
- TExES Science 7-12: Plant Cells
- TExES Science 7-12: Nucleic Acids & Enzymes
- TExES Science 7-12: Transcription & Translation
- TExES Science 7-12: Cell Reproduction & Division
- TExES Science 7-12: Metabolic Biochemistry
- TExES Science 7-12: Basic Genetics
- TExES Science 7-12: DNA Replication
- TExES Science 7-12: Theory of Biological Evolution
- TExES Science 7-12: Evolutionary Change on Earth
- TExES Science 7-12: Taxonomic Systems
- TExES Science 7-12: Plant Biology
- TExES Science 7-12: Plant Reproduction & Growth
- TExES Science 7-12: Animal Biology
- TExES Science 7-12: Human Organ Systems
- TExES Science 7-12: Human Reproduction & Development
- TExES Science 7-12: Homeostasis of Organisms
- TExES Science 7-12: Biology & Behavior
- TExES Science 7-12: Ecosystems & Ecological Cycles
- TExES Science 7-12: Earth's Spheres & Internal Structure
- TExES Science 7-12: Minerals & Rocks
- TExES Science 7-12: Earth's Changing Surfaces
- TExES Science 7-12: Geologic Time
- TExES Science 7-12: The Hydrosphere
- TExES Science 7-12: The Atmosphere
- TExES Science 7-12: Weather & Storms
- TExES Science 7-12: Learning & Instruction