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Forces & Newton’s Laws
Ch. 18 (pages 522-538) Ch. 19 (pages 550-568).
1. Define the following terms:
Force- a push or a pull
Balanced forces- forces that cancel each other out and do not change an
object’s motion
Unbalanced forces- forces that are not equal and cause the motion of an
Friction- a force that resists sliding between two touching surfaces; slows
down an object’s motion
Acceleration- a change in speed or direction
Inertia- an object’s tendency to resist a change in motion
Momentum- measure of how hard it is to stop an object
2. What is the formula for speed?
Speed= distance/ time
3. What two factors must you know to calculate velocity?
Speed and Direction
4. Forces act:
a. alone
b. in pairs
5. What does the Law of Conservation of Momentum state:
the total momentum of objects that collide with each other does not change
6. Describe and give an example of Newton’s 1st law of motion.
An object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion will remain in
motion until an unbalanced force acts on it.
7. Describe and give an example of Newton’s 2nd law of motion.
Force= mass x acceleration
8. Describe and give an example of Newton’s 3rd law of motion.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
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Energy & Waves
Ch. 21 (pages 608-623) Ch. 24 (pages 694-713)
9. What happens to the molecules of a substance when it is heated?
Molecules speed up
10. How do particles move when a transverse wave moves through it?
Particles move back and forth at right angles to the direction in which the
wave travels.
11. Heat transfers from one object to another because of a change in what?
12. Draw a transverse wave and LABEL the crest and trough.
13. Draw a compressional wave and LABEL the compression and rarefaction.
14. What type of waves are sound waves?
Compressional waves
15. Define the following key terms:
Pitch- human perception of the frequency of sound
Wave- disturbance that moves through matter or space
Diffraction- bending of waves around an object
Refraction- change in direction of a wave when it changes speed as it travels
Wavelength- distance between one point on a wave and the nearest point
moving with the same speed and direction
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Plates & Volcanoes
Ch. 7 (pages 182-199) Ch. 8 (pages 210-231)
14. What evidence supports seafloor spreading?
The youngest rocks are located at mid-ocean ridges.
15. List the 3 different types of plate boundaries and describe how they move.
Convergent- collide Divergent- divide Transverse- slide past one another
16. List 4 different features caused by plate tectonics.
Faults, rift valleys, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes
17. Define the following key term:
Hot spots- large rising bodies of magma not at plate boundaries
Epicenter- point on Earth’s surface above where the earthquake occurs
Focus- underground center of an earthquake
Fault- break in Earth’s rocks caused by stress
Shield- volcano formed by gentle eruptions
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Fossils & Geologic Time
Ch. 9 (pages 242-261) Ch. 10 (pages 272-293)
18. Define the following key terms:
Principle of Superposition- process of reading undisturbed rock layers. States
that older rocks on are the bottom while younger rocks on are top.
Half-life- time it takes for half the atoms in an isotope to decay.
Absolute age- age in years of a rock or other object; determined by properties
of atoms.
Relative age- how old something is in comparison with something else
19. List some important events for each of the following time periods:
Precambrian time- Little is known because most Precambrian organisms
lacked hard parts. Rocks from this time were deeply buried and changed by
heat and pressure.
Mesozoic Era- Pangaea separated, Dinosaurs evolved, Gymnosperms and
Angiosperms appeared, a great extinction caused by a comet or an asteroid
Paleozoic Era- Amphibians evolved to survive in water and on land, Reptiles
evolved from amphibians, a great extinction occurred at the end of the era
Cenozoic Era- Many mountain ranges formed, humans appeared
20. Organisms with hard parts are more likely to become fossils than organisms that
don’t have these.
21. A fossil that forms when sediments fill a mold and hard into rock is known as a:
22. A cavity in rock left when the hard parts of an organism decay is known as a:
23. Remains, imprints, or traces of prehistoric organisms are known as:
24. Define and give an example of an index fossil.
The remains of a species that lived for a short time, were numerous and were
found in many places. Ex: trilobites
25. Metamorphic rock is formed by heat and pressure.
26. Sediments are formed by weathering and erosion.
27. Magma is formed by melting.
28. Igneous rock is formed when magma cools.
29. Sedimentary rock is formed by cementation and compaction.

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