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A student-active introduction to astronomy, emphasizing inquiry learning so students will clearly understand our universe and the scientific method. Within-text and end-of-chapter questions check understanding of concepts and require the student to think critically through astronomy-based problems. 'Nature of Science' and 'Detectives on the Case' sections in each chapter encourage students to take on the role of a scientist and so develop an understanding of how scientific progress is made, leading students through a chain of arguments of forming and testing hypotheses, in the context of specific astronomical topics. By focusing on key topics, the student is able to develop a deeper understanding of the core areas of astronomy. Math is used to make intuitive points and kept simple by using a two-track system to first describe the logic of the calculation followed by a more detailed example. Simple illustrations support the text and step students through concepts visually.
Table of Contents
|Steps to Astronomy:|
|The origins of astronomy|
|Gravity and orbits|
|The astronomers' tools: telescopes and space probes|
|The Solar System:|
|Introducing the Solar System|
|The inner Solar System|
|The outer Solar System|
|Smaller bodies in the Solar System|
|Planets beyond the Solar System|
|A census of stars|
|The formation of stars and planets|
|Stellar evolution and death|
|Galaxies and the Universe:|
|The Milky Way galaxy|
|Life in the Universe|
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