PHY 1010: Earth Science


Study of the scientific principles that influence our planet: its rocks, mountains, atmosphere, and oceans.


  1. Describe the scientific method to include how scientific theories evolve.
  2. Differentiate levels of matter that compose the Earth’s continental crust.
  3. Identify processes that shape the Earth’s landscapes to include their role in the rock cycle.
  4. Summarize the movement of water through the hydrologic cycle.
  5. Demonstrate how earthquakes and volcanoes are driven by various geological forces.
  6. Explain the principles and techniques used by geologists to construct the geologic time scale.
  7. Compare the geography, composition, circulation, and temporal cycles of the oceans.
  8. Relate how radiation and atmospheric processes control weather and climate.
  9. Develop a timeline for solar system evolution.
  10. Demonstrate how stars are classified.




Foundations of Earth science (Rev: 8th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2017)
Author: Lutgens, F. K., Tarbuck, E. J., & Tasa, D.
ISBN: 9780134184814
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