Astronomy and Astrophysics Teacher: Ms. Ritchie Exam #6 Review Sheet: Planet Earth



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Astronomy and Astrophysics Teacher: Ms. Ritchie

Exam #6 Review Sheet: Planet Earth


Aims covered on this Exam:

Aim #40 Earth’s History

Aim #41 Earth’s Tectonic Plates

Aim #42 Earth’s Atmosphere

Aim #44 Earth’s Magnetic Field

Aim #43 Comets


+ Associated homework for each Aim

+ Associated Lab on Atmospheric Retention




Chapter Reading: Seeds chapter 20
Topics: Four stages of planetary development, the interior layers of the Earth, the four ways tectonic plates move and associated examples on Earth, hot spot volcanism, Earth’s primary and secondary atmospheres, greenhouse effect, aurora borealis, magnetosphere, Van Allen radiation belt, + properties, composition and origin of comets.
Sample Essay Questions:

  1. Describe the four stages of planetary development. Did other planets go through these phases?

  2. Describe the type of plate tectonics that created the Himalayan mountain range and why this is different than how the Hawaiian islands were formed.

  3. How are the Northern Lights generated?

  4. Why did Earth’s primary atmosphere go away? How did oxygen arrive on the planet?

  5. Why is it so difficult to discover new comets?

Sample Multiple Choice: see below




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