5A - Formation of the Moon

  • Watch on: YouTube - Google Drive
  • Concepts
    • Giant Impact Hypothesis - A proto-planet named Theia collided with the early Earth
    • Late Heavy Bombardment - Disturbances in outer solar system flung rocks and create lava fields
    • Current Moon - Impacts (craters) on top of lots of other impacts (craters)
    • Tidal Locking / Synchronous Rotation - Energy transfer keeps one side of the Moon facing Earth
  • Summary Questions / Tasks
    • Draw, Label and Explain a Diagram of how the Moon formed (Theia, Earth’s Orbit)
    • Draw, Label and Explain a Diagram of why the Moon always faces the Earth (Tidal Locking, Synchronous Rotation)

Support Files

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  • Pre-Filled Cornell Notes Page (Pending Fall 2019)
  • Video Guided Notes Print (Pending Fall 2019)
  • PowerPoint File
  • Attributions List (Pending Fall 2019)
  • Example Calendar - Block Schedule (Google Doc)