SECTION I: Foundations Introduction to Earth ch 1
Week 3,   1.1. Solar System Formation - Assignment 1

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 1
 Solar System Formation

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Contents (course topics):

The Environmental Spheres
The Solar System
The Size and Shape of Earth
The Geographic Grid
Earth Movements
    Earth’s Rotation on Its Axis
    Earth’s Revolution around the Sun
The Annual March of the Seasons
    Changes in Daylight and Darkness
Telling Time
    Standard Time
    The International Date Line
    Daylight Saving Time

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter one of your textbook
Review the story of plate tectonics
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Give a short description of the Milky Way
2.-  Give the Earth's radius in  kilometers. (2)
3.-  Explain what is meant by Universal Time Coordinated (5)
4.-  Identify the region on Earth where the Sun's rays are directly overhead  on or about December 21. (6)
5.-  Explain what is the Polaris star.
6.- Give another name for the Greenwich Meridian  (9)
7.-  Give the extension in kilometers on the ground of one defree of longitude at the North Pole (12)
8.- Give the number of theoretical time zones into which the world is divided (13)
9.- Name a true grate circle on the Earth  (15)
10.- Give the name we give to our current calendar system  (16)
11.- Give the name given to the maximum distance between Earth and Sun -which occurs in July  (17)
12.- Identify the area on the Earth that the Sun's rays are directly overhead on June 21 (18)
13.- Explain the idea behind the concept of Daylight Savings time
14.-  Identify the number of  time zones  that cover the United States  (22).
15.-  Identify the date when  the circle of illumination just touches the Arctic Circle and the North Pole is dark  (24)
16.-  Give the number of moons or other natural satellites revolving around the planets in our solar system (26).
17.-  Identify the number of time zones contained within Alaska (28).
18.-  Name the circle that separates Earth into two hemispheres (29).
19.-  Give the multiples of  degrees that Longitude is divided into for the purpose of delimiting time zones (30).
20.-  Name the same line as the 0° Meridian (33)
21.- Name the area  where a spot on Earth's surface rotates fastest (34)
22.-  Give the month of the year during which the Earth/Sun aphelion occurs once per year  (38).
23.- Give the distance in million of kilometers that Earth is from the Sun at the time of the aphelion (40).
24.-  Give the more like  composition of the outer planets of  the solar system's outer planets (42).
25.-  Give the distance in kilometers between the moon and the Earth (43)
26.-  Cite a major feature that the Moon lack as compared with the Earth (44)
27.-  Identify the areas on the Earth  in which  the Sun's rays are vertically overhead on both the Spring and Fall equinox (49).
28.- Explain what  the gnomon is and how it works (53)
29.-  Explain what is the most important physical effect of the Earth's rotation (58).
30.-  Describe a nebula  (61).
31.- briefly describe the four spheres of the Earth.
32.- Give the number of days it take to the moon to revolve around the Earth (63).
33.-  Identify the altitude in meters  of Mt Everest (65).
34.-  Give the best description of the actual shape of the Earth (66).
35.- Give  the latitude and longitude of North America (71).
36.-  Give the name used to refer to our earthly grid system which  consists of lines of latitude and longitude (94).
37.- Identify what is the cause of Earth's seasons (96).
38.- Identify the only planet of the solar system  that is not on the same orbital plane (103).
39.-  State the importance to Earth people of the  Polaris star (105).
40.-Name the basic unit of length in the Systeme Internationale (metric system) (107).
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