Earth Science explores how a number of sciences, including geology, physics, chemistry, and biology impact the world and universe around us. In this interactive and engaging course, students study air, water, and the physical processes that shape the physical world, and how human civilization has affected the balance of nature. Students learn about the modern science behind topics from the Earth’s history, such as continental drift, ice ages, fossil dating, and geological timescale. Students will also look at processes that affect life today, such as weathering and erosion, the rock cycle, weather patterns, and climate. They will explore regular phenomena, the cause of the seasons and natural disasters. The students will examine the formation, acquisition and use of natural resources, as well as alternative energy sources. The students will also look at Earth as a small part of a larger universe in an exploration of astronomy. They will examine the Solar System and the stars and galaxies beyond it.
Modeling in Earth science
The four spheres
Types of stress and faults
Seismographs and data
Magnitude of an earthquake
Locations of active volcanoes
Superposition and correlation
Floods Layers of the atmosphere
Energy from the Sun
The water cycle
Thunderstorms and tornadoes
The carbon cycle
Asteroids and comets
Telescopes, satellites, and probes
Star characteristics and classification
Big bang theory
Describe the four spheres of Earth’s system.
Analyze the four layers of Earth.
Compare locations of earthquakes and volcanoes with plate boundaries. Describe the conditions necessary for the formation of thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Explain why seasons occur on Earth.
Describe the factors that influence climate.
Explain the hypotheses that describe how the Moon may have formed.