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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; ARIS (text web site providing a complete online tutorial, electronic homework, and course management system); 23 Interactives (on the text web site and Digital Content Manager CD); Animations (on the text web site). Electronic Media Integration has been incorporated throughout the text by the use of icons to indicate where additional understanding can be gained through an animation or interactive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073301730
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Arny is an Emeritus professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was associated there with the Five College Astronomy Program(comprising faculty from U-Mass, Amhurst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges). Dr. Arny received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. In addition to his interest in astronomy, he has a long-standing fascination with the natural world: weather (especially atmospheric optics such as rainbows), birds, wildflowers, and butterflies.Visit Dr. Arny's website at:
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Table of Contents


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


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


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


49 The Sun, Our Star

50 The Sun's Source of Power

51 Solar Activity

52 Surveying the Stars

53 Special Relativity

54 Lightand Distance

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


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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