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1 PSCI 183 Earth Science for Elementary Teachers

2 What is Earth Science?

3 Earth Science All sciences that collectively seek to understand Earth and its neighbors in space  Geology Subdisciplines Subdisciplines  Oceanography  Meteorology  Astronomy

4 Importance of Earth Science Resources Resources Environmental Problems Environmental Problems

5 Resources Renewable Renewable Nonrenewable Nonrenewable  plants and animals for food  fibers for clothing  forests for lumber and paper  energy from water, wind and sun  metals – iron – aluminum – copper  fuels – oil – natural gas – coal

6 Environmental Problems Human Induced Human Induced Natural Disasters Natural Disasters

7 Environmental Problems Acid Rain Acid Rain Ozone depletion Ozone depletion Global warning Global warning Pollution Pollution Human Induced

8 Environmental Problems Natural Disasters Volcanoes Volcanoes Hurricanes Hurricanes Tsunamis Tsunamis Earthquakes Earthquakes

9 The Nature of Scientific Inquiry “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll understand” Hypothesis Hypothesis Theory Theory Scientific Law Scientific Law – An educated guess based upon observation. – A rational explanation of a single event or phenomenon – based on observation and has not been proved. – Can be supported or refuted by experimentation or continued observation. – An explanation of a set of related observations or events – Based upon proven hypotheses and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. – One scientist cannot create a theory; he can only create a hypothesis (Theory of Evolution, Theory of Relativity, Quantum Theory) – Accepted to be true and universal – Accepted at face value based upon fact they have always been observed to be true. (Law of Gravity, Law of Thermodynamics) (Law of Gravity, Law of Thermodynamics)

10 Topics Covered in PSCI 183 Rocks and Minerals Rocks and Minerals Next class meeting – please read Chapter 1 – print “mineral’s lab” – print “mineral’s lab” Earth’s Processes Earth’s Processes Earthquakes Earthquakes Volcanoes Volcanoes Oceans Oceans Atmosphere Atmosphere Solar System Solar System Water, Wind and Glaciers Water, Wind and Glaciers Weather and Climate Weather and Climate

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