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Astronomical breakthroughs of the last two decades have led to a revolution in the way we understand the universe and to what we can teach. The Cosmic Perspective explores these discoveries and carefully weaves together connecting themes to produce a cosmic context. It's complemented by a next-generation media package that focuses on improving understanding of key concepts the give the most problems- like "Phases of the Moon" and "Stellar Evolution." For college instructors and students.
Table of Contents
I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE.
REVISED! 1. Our Place in the Universe. REVISED! 2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself. REVISED! S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation.
II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY.
3. The Science of Astronomy. 4. A Universe of Matter and Energy. REVISED! 5. Universal Motion: From Copernicus to Newton. 6. Light: The Cosmic Messenger. REVISED! 7. Telescopes and Spacecraft.
III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS.
8. Formation of the Solar System. 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds. 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds. 11. Jovian Planet Systems. 12. Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto. REVISED! 13. Planet Earth and Its Lessons on Life in the Universe. Appendix A: A Few Mathematical Skills. Appendix B: The Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix C: Planetary Data. Appendix D: Stellar Data. NEW! Appendix E: Constants. NEW! Appendix F: Key Equations. NEW! Star Charts S-1. Glossary G-1. Acknowledgements C-1. Index I-1.