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TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Plate Tectonics - Chapter Summary
The engaging video lessons in this chapter focus on plate tectonics and related theories. While getting ready to take the TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 examination, you can refresh your memory on the following:
- Pangaea theory and plate tectonics
- Alfred Wegener's theory and evidence of continental drift
- Earth's tectonic plates as well as the origins of plate movement
- Formation of plate boundaries
- The significance of ocean drilling to sample the ocean floor
- Paleomagnetism and sea floor spreading
Given the fact that you have probably already studied many of these plate tectonics topics, you might use these short video lessons as review tools that get you ready to answer questions on the TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 examination. Educational in nature but also fun to watch, the videos are led by instructors who have extensive backgrounds in science. You'll be able to study at your pace and submit your questions on plate tectonics. Written transcripts accompany the video lessons. When you've watched a lesson, take the brief multiple-choice quiz that follows to test your understanding.
1. Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface
After many years of trying to solve the mystery of the moving continents, enough data and evidence was collected to develop a unifying theory of how the surface of the earth changes. It's called plate tectonics.
2. Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift
People used to think that Earth was static, and that it never changed. Gradually, a body of evidence was gathered that made no sense in this model. Alfred Wegener, Geologic Supersleuth, laid the groundwork for a whole new theory for the large-scale changing nature of the earth.
3. Major Plates of the Lithosphere: Earth's Tectonic Plates
The outer shell of the earth, the lithosphere, is broken up into tectonic plates. The seven major plates are the African plate, Antarctic plate, Eurasian plate, Indo-Australian plate, North American plate, Pacific plate and South American plate.
4. Causes of Tectonic Plate Movement
In this lesson, we explore the causes of plate movement, including thermal convection, ridge push and slab pull. Students will learn how these processes complement each other and form a theory for tectonic plate movement.
5. Sea Floor Spreading and Polar Reversal
Sea floor spreading is the process by which new oceanic crust is formed by the upwelling of magma through diverging tectonic plates. Learn about the relationship between sea floor spreading and polar reversals detected on the ocean floor.
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Other chapters within the TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 (092): Practice & Study Guide course
- Nature of Science & Unifying Themes
- The History & Societal Contexts of Science
- Methods of Scientific Inquiry
- Managing Scientific Data
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Laboratory Equipment & Procedures
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Organization of Matter
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: States of Matter
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Chemical Reactions Basics
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Types of Chemical Reactions
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: The Periodic Table
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Newton's Laws & Gravity
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Physics Dimensions of Motion
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Analyzing Forces
- Energy Transformations & Thermodynamics
- Electrical Nature & Magnetism
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Waves, Optics & Sound
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Cell Structure & Function
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Cell Reproduction & Division
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Biochemistry of Life
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Introduction to Organic Chemistry
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Nucleic Acids
- Homeostasis & Health Maintenance
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Reproduction & Development
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Genetics & Heredity
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Biological Evolution
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Ecosystems & Biomes
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Minerals, Rocks & Soil
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Renewable Resources
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Nonrenewable Resources
- Earth's Formation & Processes
- Overview of the Hydrosphere
- Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
- TExMat Master Science Teacher 8-12: The Solar System & Universe
- Alignment of Texas Science Instruction for High Schoolers
- Teaching Strategies for High School Science
- The Science Learning & Teaching Environment
- Using Different Types of Student Assessments
- Leadership, Communication & Collaboration in Science Education
- Mentoring & Professional Development for Texas Science Teachers
- TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 Flashcards