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Pathways to Astronomy is designed more like a series of mini-lectures instead of a monograph of the entire field of astronomy. The same material covered in other introductory astronomy texts is included, but this is broken up into smaller self-contained units. These units are woven together to flow naturally for the person who wants to read the text like a book, but it is also possible to assign them in different orders, or skip certain units altogether. Professors can customize the units to fit their course needs. They can select individual units for exploration in lecture while assigning easier units for self-study, or they can cover all the units in full depth in a content-rich course. With the short length of units, students can easily digest the material covered in an individual unit before moving onto the next unit.

Pathways to Astronomy offers the most complete technology media support package available. That technology media package includes: Starry Night Planetarium Software free with the purchase of every new text, 23 Interactives (on the text website and Digital Content Manager CD); Animations (on the text website); Online Learning Center (that allows instructors to take their course to the web if they choose). Electronic Media Integration has been incorporated throughout the text. Interactive and Animation icons have been placed in places where additional understanding can be gained through an animation or interactive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072922080
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Edition description: PACKAGE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

THE COSMIC LANDSCAPE
1 Our Planetary Neighborhood
2 Beyond the Solar System
3 Astronomical Numbers
4 Foundations of Astronomy
5 The Night Sky
6 The Year
7 The Time of Day
8 Lunar Cycles
9 Calendars
10 Geometry of the Earth, Sun and Moon
11 Planets: The Wandering Stars
12 The Beginnings of Modern Astronomy
13 Observing the Sky
PROBING MATTER,LIGHT AND THEIR INTERACTION
14 Astronomical Motion: Inertia, Mass, and Force
15 Force, Acceleration, and Interaction
16 The Universal Law of Gravity
17 Measuring a Body's Mass Using Orbital Motion
18 Orbital and Escape Velocities
19 Tides
20 Conservation Laws
21 Light, Matter, and Energy
22 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
23 Thermal Radiation
24 Atomic Spectra: Identifying Atoms by Their Light
25 The Doppler Shift
26 Detecting Light
27 Collecting Light
28 Focusing Light
29 Telescope Resolution
30 The Earth's Atmosphere and Space Observatories
31 Amateur Astonomy
THE SOLAR SYSTEM
32 Structure of the Solar System
33 The Origin of the Solar System
34 Other Planetary Systems
35 The Earth as a Terrestrial Planet
36 Earth's Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
37 Our Moon
38 Mercury
39 Venus
40 Mars
41 Asteroids
42 Comparative Planetology
43 Jupiter and Saturn
44 Uranus and Neptune
45 Satellite Systems and Rings
46 Ice Worlds, Pluto, and Beyond
47 Comets
48 Impacts on Earth
STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION
49 The Sun, Our Star
50 The Sun's Source of Power
51 Solar Activity
52 Surveying the Stars
53 Special Relativity
54 Light andDistance
55 The Compositions and Temperatures of Stars
56 The Masses of Orbiting Stars
57 The Sizes of Stars
58 The H-R Diagram
59 Stellar Evolution
60 Star Formation
61 Main-Sequence Stars
62 Giant Stars
63 Variable Stars
64 Mass Loss and Death of Low-Mass Stars
65 Exploding White Dwarfs
66 Old Age and Death of Massive Stars
67 Neutron Stars
68 Black Holes
69 Star Clusters
GALAXIES AND THE UNIVERSE
70 Discovering the Milky Way
71 Stars of the Milky Way
72 Gas and Dust in the Milky Way
73 Mass and Motions in the Milky Way
74 A Universe of Galaxies
75 Types of Galaxies
76 Galaxy Clustering
77 Active Galactic Nuclei
78 Dark Matter
79 Cosmology
80 The Edges of the Universe
81 The Beginnings of the Universe
82 The Fate of the Universe
83 Astrobiology
84 The Search for Life Elsewhere
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