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Pathways to Astronomy breaks down introductory astronomy into its component parts. The huge and fascinating field of astronomy is divided into 84 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; ARIS (text web site providing a complete online electronic homework and course management system); 23 Interactives (on ARIS); Animations (on ARIS). 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: 9780077263119
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/19/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (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

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

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