This course introduces scientific investigations, methods, observations and communication along with common tools and methods used for understanding Earth. Minerals and rocks that make up the Earth's crust, Earth's features, identification, and uniqueness as a planet are also covered in this course. Students will also examine continental drift, seafloor spreading, plate tectonic movement, plate boundaries. The course also explores water on earth, covering its distribution, states, and the processes involving Earth’s water. Students will learn how features and processes of the atmosphere determine weather and climate, and how life is supported on the planet. The course continues with human dependence on natural resources for energy and materials, the effects of human overpopulation and overconsumption on Earth's systems, and concludes with introducing the objects of our solar system and explorations beyond our solar system.
This course teaches students scientific investigations, methods, observations and communication.