Ch 8: Virginia SOL - World History & Geography 1500-Present: The Scientific Revolution

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Learn more about the Scientific Revolution with help of the video lessons in this chapter. You can use these lessons as study guides for the Virginia SOL exam on world history and geography from 1500-present.

Virginia SOL World History & Geography 1500-Present: The Scientific Revolution - Chapter Summary

If you are planning on taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) exam on world history and geography from 1500 to the present, you should spend some time studying on the subject of the Scientific Revolution. You can do that by watching the video lessons you'll find included within this chapter. Some of the topics you'll find discussed here are:

  • The Copernican Revolution and the era before the Scientific Revolution
  • The definition, causes, timeline and leaders of the Scientific Revolution
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Isaac Newton
  • Examples of breakthroughs in chemistry and medicine
  • The effects of the Scientific Revolution
  • Thomas Hobbes

Test your understanding of these topics by answering the practice questions you'll find in the chapter's quizzes. All of this will be useful if you hope to perform well on the Virginia SOL Exam!

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Virginia SOL - World History & Geography 1500-Present: The Scientific Revolution
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The Copernican Revolution

1. The Copernican Revolution

This lesson will discuss a famous astronomer by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus, his early history, his revolutionary idea, and why his model of the universe was actually wrong.

Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

2. Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

In this lesson, we explore the reasons behind the typical narrative surrounding the Middle Ages and the advances in reason and science made during this period.

The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

3. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

The Scientific Revolution: Timeline, Breakthroughs & Effects

4. The Scientific Revolution: Timeline, Breakthroughs & Effects

In this lesson, you will explore the period when Western society first turned to science as the new way of thinking, called the Scientific Revolution. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

5. Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Johannes Kepler played in the Scientific Revolution. We will identify his major contributions and learn why he was important.

Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution

6. Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Isaac Newton played in the Scientific Revolution. We will explore his major contributions to science, and see why he is one of the most important scientists to have ever lived.

Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

7. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

8. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

Thomas Hobbes: Absolutism, Politics & Famous Works

9. Thomas Hobbes: Absolutism, Politics & Famous Works

In this lesson, we discuss one the key political theorists of the 17th century, the Englishman Thomas Hobbes, whose theories concerning absolutism, the basis of government, and human nature still resonate to this day.

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