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What is Earth Science

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science
study of
4 major sciences
chemistry, physics, life science, earth science
chemistry
the study of matter at the level of atoms and molecules
physics
the study of matter and motion
life science
the study of living things
areas of study in earth science
geology, meteorology, astronomy, oceanography
geology
the study of earth, its matter, and the processes that form and change the earth
meteorology
the study of weather and the forces and processes that cause it
astronomy
the study of objects in space including stars, planets, and comets
oceanography
the study of the earth's oceans
technology
the use of scientific discoveries (applied knowledge)
examples of how technology can cause problems
water pollution, soil, air, soil erasion, loss of job,weather pattern changes, loss of habitat for other organisms
theory
an explanation backed by results from repeated tests
law
a rule of nature that describes the behavior of something in nature
SI
international system of units
international standard of units
standard units used for measurement around the world.
mass
a measure of the amount of matter in an object
what mass is measured in
grams
matter
anything that takes up space and has mass
weight
a measure of gravitational force on a mass (mass x gravity = weight)
gravity
an attractive force that exists between all objects
area
the amount of surface included within a set of boundaries
volume
a measure of how much space an object occupies
density
a measure of the amount of matter that occupies a particular space.
formula of density
mass divided by volume
temperature
the measure of how hot or cold something is. It is measured with a thermometer
Kelvin
absolute zero = the coldest temperature when molecules quit moving; ice melts at 273 degrees, boiling at 373 degrees