The Solar System (with 1pass Virtual Astronomy Labs and AceAstronomy) / Edition 5

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ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND with its accompany online learning tools, Ace Astronomy and Virtual Astronomy Labs shows you your place in the universe,not just your location, but also your role as a planet dweller in an evolving universe. You will learn to focus on the scientific method through the strong central questioning themes of "What are we?" and "How do we know?" Rather than memorize facts, you will be empowered to create your own understanding of your place in the cosmos. Your purchase includes Ace Astronomy, an online learning tool that will help you enhance your conceptual understanding of the content, but to improve your grade in the course.
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Seeds, a veteran of the astronomy textbook genre (as well as John W. Wetzel Professor of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College and director of the college's observatory) offers an introductory text for nonscience majors which features many colorful diagrams, sidebars, and two-page art spreads tackling subjects like the structure of Saturn's rings. The first set of chapters covers the scale of the universe; the motion of the Earth, Moon, and planets; the history of astronomy; light and telescopes; and starlight and atoms. The CD-ROM contains the student edition of The Sky, a planetarium program. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Introducing astronomy as a science that facilitates understanding of the meaning of our own existence as well as that of the physical universe, 27 chapters explore the sky per Newton and Einstein; and provide perspectives on the origin of the universe, the solar system, and extraterrestrial life. Seeds is an astronomy professor at Franklin and Marshall College, where he directs its Joseph R. Grundy Observatory. Includes attractive color graphics, discussion and review questions (some aimed at utilizing the Web), information on astronomical units, observing the sky with sky charts, a ten-page glossary, and answers to selected problems. The Sky software CD- ROM accesses "a personal planetarium." No date is given for the first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495015758
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/17/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Seeds is Professor, Emeritus of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College, where he has taught since 1970. His research interests have focused on peculiar variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. He extended his research by serving as the principal astronomer in charge of the Phoenix 10, the first fully robotic telescope, located in southern Arizona. In 1989, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition to teaching, writing, and doing research, Mike has published educational systems for use in computer-smart classrooms. His interest in the history of astronomy led him to offer the upper-level courses Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe, which is a history of cosmology from ancient times to Newton. He also has published educational software for preliterate toddlers. Mike was Senior Consultant in the creation of the 26-episode telecourse UNIVERSE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER. He is the author of several introdEXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, 10e (2008) and PERSPECTIVES OF ASTRONOMY (2008).uctory astronomy textbooks, including HORIZONS:

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Table of Contents

1. The Scale of the Cosmos. 2. The Sky. 3. The Cycles of the Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Newton, Einstein, And Gravity. 6. Light and Telescopes. 7. Starlight and Atoms. 8. The Sun—Our Star. Perspective: Origins. 20. The Origin of the Solar System. 21. Planet Earth. 22. The Moon and Mercury: Airless Worlds. 23. Venus and Mars. 24. Jupiter and Saturn. 25. Uranus, Neptune, And Pluto. 26. Meteorites, Asteroids, And Comets. 27. Life on Other Worlds.
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