The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary

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The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary covers a wide variety of fields, including chemistry, physics, biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, and zoology. Its definitions are written in a clear and straightforward style that even beginning students can follow. An extensive cross-reference program encourages readers to build a more complex vocabulary.

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Overview

The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary covers a wide variety of fields, including chemistry, physics, biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, and zoology. Its definitions are written in a clear and straightforward style that even beginning students can follow. An extensive cross-reference program encourages readers to build a more complex vocabulary.

The dictionary includes

• more than 4,500 entry words with clear, easy-to-understand definitions

• more than 425 full-color photographs and drawings

• 175 Feature Notes on important scientific concepts, the major discoveries of many scientists, and the usage and history of scientific terminology

• detailed graphic treatment of selected subjects, such as the structure of atoms, photosynthesis, plate tectonics, and the life of stars

• handy tables and charts, including the periodic table of the elements, a chart of geologic time, and a timeline of advances in computing.

The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary is the ideal resource for homework assignments, school projects, or just browsing. This book is the key to unlocking the language of science and the natural world for students and their families.

Entries with definitions of basic scientific terms are accompanied by illustrations, "Did You Know" sidebars, and explanatory notes.

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Gr 6-10-More than 4500 terms are accompanied by a plethora of visual and textual sidebars in this compact volume. Entry words are highlighted in color and defined in straightforward language; pronunciation guidelines are included. The definitions; the high-quality, full-color photographs; and the clean, labeled drawings will give students a clear interpretation of the scientific concepts addressed. In addition, there are 12 terms and concepts (including "Atom," "Fission," "Photosynthesis," and "Greenhouse Effect") discussed and illustrated in full- or half-page framed sidebars; 21 half-page biographies of scientists; and 105 terms in "Did You Know?" windows that expand on more succinct definitions. There are also eight useful tables and charts, from a "Brief Timeline of Computing" to "Taxonomy." "Word Histories" explain the origins of commonly used terms, and plentiful cross-references lead students to related definitions and sidebars. An up-to-date and appealing approach to scientific terminology.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618189199
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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Table of Contents

Entries with Notes iv
Preface v
Elements of the Dictionary vi
Pronunciation viii
The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary 1
Picture Credits 376
Tables and Charts
Brief Timeline of Computing 80
Geologic Time 148
Measurement Table 214
Organic Compounds 248
Periodic Table of the Elements 262
Rocks 298
The Solar System 316
Taxonomy 337
A Closer Look
Atom 27
Cell 62
Color 75
Fission 131
Flower 134
Greenhouse Effect 157
Leaf 199
Photosynthesis 265
Skeletal System 312
Star 325
Tectonic Boundaries 338
Waves 368
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