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Unit 1: Earth Systems


Chapter 4 (pgs. 88-104)

Chapter 7 (pgs. 186-201)

Additional Reading over the Sulfur Cycle, Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Goals: Quick Review of Chemistry

  • Explain the fundamentals of environmental chemistry and apply them to real-world situations
  • Describe the molecular building blocks of living organisms
  • Differentiate among the types of energy and recite the basics of energy flow (laws of thermodynamics)
  • Distinguish photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and chemosynthesis, and summarize their importance to living things

Goals: Earth Systems (and other Environmental Systems)

  • Describe the nature of environmental systems
  • Compare and contrast how carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen, sulfur, and water cycle through the environment
  • Explain how plate tectonics and the rock cycle shape the landscape around us and the earth beneath our feet
  • Identify the layers of the Earth
  • Compare and Contrast the major types of volcanoes
  • Explain the causes and effects of earthquakes (epicenter, S waves & P waves and how they differ)
  • Explain why the Earth experiences seasons


  • Convert numbers in standard notation into scientific notation
  • Convert numbers in scientific notation into standard notation


Chemistry & Basic Biology:

Chem Outline

Khan Academy Cells
Biogeochemical Cycles:

Carbon Cycle
Atomic Model

Coriolis Effect:

Awesome Coriolis Effect Movie

Earthquakes & Volcanoes:

Earthquake in India
Volcano Animation
Earthquake Animation

Volcanoes & Earthquakes
Extreme Earth
Make A Quake
Virtual Earthquake
Virtual Volcanoes
Plate Boundaries Interactive
Earthquake Waves


Reason for the Seasons Animation
Solar Intensity and Latitude
You Tube Video of Seasons

Geologic Clock:

Interactive Geologic Timescale
Geologic Clock Game


due on Friday, September 2 at the beginning of class