1.  Discuss the energy-atmosphere system. Include in your discussion what you learned more about solar energy to earth and the seasons; and Earth's modern atmosphere. Also discuss how geoscientists study the planet to come to the conclusions they do. Finally discuss why you think it is significant to study these topics.

Note: This question asks you to summarize chapters 2 and 3. Chapter 2 (“Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons”) covers galaxies, stars, planets, and the origin of the Earth/Moon system. It also covers the Sun and solar wind, along with the electromagnetic spectrum. Finally, it covers how seasons on Earth work. Chapter 3 (“Earth's Modern Atmosphere”) covers the Earth’s atmosphere and its components, the stratosphere and ozone layer, and natural vs. human pollutants.

I. Overview

II. Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons

·        Distinguish between galaxies, stars, and planets

·        Describe/discuss the origin of the Earth

·    Explain: Sunàenergyàsolar wind

·    Discuss radiation and the electromagnetic spectrum

·    Explain seasonality and how the seasons work – what causes them

III. Earth’s Modern Atmosphere

·        Describe components of the Earth’s atmosphere

·        Describe the stratosphere and ozone Layer

·    Describe some of the significant pollutants on Earth

·    Distinguish between natural and human pollutants

IV. Science of Geography

·        Define Physical Geography

·        Describe modern geoscience techniques: GPS, remote sensing (RS), and GIS

·        Explain how these tools are used in geographic analysis (give examples)

V. Significance

·        Discuss why it is important to study the topics above

·        Give examples to show a deeper level of understanding

VI. Summary

·        Include a summary at the end to reinforce the concepts discussed above (see online examples)