The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary

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The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary is the ideal science resource for students and their families for homework, school projects, or just browsing. This updated edition includes a revised table of the planets that takes into account the demotion of Pluto from the category of planet, along with the new vocabulary created by the International Astronomical Union, including the term dwarf planet.With over 4,500 entries, 425 full-color photographs and drawings, and 175 fascinating feature notes, this is ...

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Overview

The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary is the ideal science resource for students and their families for homework, school projects, or just browsing. This updated edition includes a revised table of the planets that takes into account the demotion of Pluto from the category of planet, along with the new vocabulary created by the International Astronomical Union, including the term dwarf planet.With over 4,500 entries, 425 full-color photographs and drawings, and 175 fascinating feature notes, this is the most current and comprehensive student science dictionary available.

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

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School Library Journal
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: 9780547002439
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 964,794
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (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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