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Ch 16: Understanding the Earth, Moon & Sun

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These lessons are ideal for reviewing facts about the Earth, moon and sun at your convenience before a taking a test or finishing your homework. You can access these resources 24 hours a day on any mobile device or computer and study as quickly or as slowly as you need to.

Understanding the Earth, Moon & Sun - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review video lessons covering the Earth, the sun and the moon. These mobile-friendly resources highlight theories about the formation of Earth and its layers and population. You'll also study the Earth's axial tilt and orbit around the sun as well as theories surrounding the formation of the moon. After you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Outline the phases of the moon
  • Describe interactions in the sun-Earth-moon system
  • Explain how the sun and Earth affect the phases of the moon
  • Define lunar eclipse and its different types
  • Identify the apparent motion of the stars and planets
  • Discuss the structure and life cycle of the sun
  • Detail the stages of the sun's life cycle
  • Describe sunspots and understand why they occur

This engaging chapter is designed to increase your confidence in these topics whether you're studying for a test or trying to catch up in class. Our lessons are self-paced to ensure your comprehension, and we've made it easy to navigate the videos using the video tabs feature. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz.

13 Lessons in Chapter 16: Understanding the Earth, Moon & Sun
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Formation of the Earth: Theories

1. 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.

What is Earth? - Facts, Layers & Population

2. What is Earth? - Facts, Layers & Population

This lesson is about our one of kind home planet, Earth! We'll talk about what makes Earth so special, the layers inside the Earth, the unique features that are on or surround the Earth, and our own human population living on its surface.

Earth's Axial Tilt & Orbit Around the Sun

3. Earth's Axial Tilt & Orbit Around the Sun

After watching this video, you will be able to describe the Earth's orbit around the Sun, including the orbital plane, its eccentricity, and axial tilt. A short quiz will follow.

Formation of the Moon: Theories

4. 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.

About the Moon: Phases & Facts

5. About the Moon: Phases & Facts

Have you ever wondered if the moon is made of cheese? Learn the truth about the world's most famous satellite in this lesson packed with basic stats, orbit info, phase details, and other fun facts.

Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System

6. Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System

Learn how the sun, earth, and moon interact with each other to create tides, phases, eclipses, seasons, solar winds, and precession. Take a quiz and see how much you've picked up.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

7. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

Lunar Eclipse: Definition & Types

8. Lunar Eclipse: Definition & Types

This lesson will teach you about the lunar eclipse. You'll learn the difference between a penumbral, partial, and total lunar eclipse, and see what totality means with respect to a total lunar eclipse.

The Apparent Motion of Stars & Planets

9. The Apparent Motion of Stars & Planets

After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the apparent motion of the stars and planets in our sky: during each night and also across the months. A short quiz will follow.

The Sun: Structure & Life Cycle

10. 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!

Stages of the Sun's Life Cycle

11. Stages of the Sun's Life Cycle

Discover our sun, the provider of energy for life on Earth. Learn how the sun was born, how it lives as a main sequence star, how it will age into a red giant and how it will die as a white dwarf.

What Are Sunspots?

12. What Are Sunspots?

This lesson will describe for you what sunspots are, where they appear, what parts they have, and why they're dark. It also discusses what differential rotation and a sunspot cycle are.

Why Do Sunspots Occur?

13. Why Do Sunspots Occur?

This lesson will outline for you why sunspots occur in its photosphere as we go over the Zeeman effect, polarity, and how the sunspot cycle and solar cycle are linked.

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