Foundations of Astronomy (with CD-ROM, Virtual Astronomy Labs, AceAstronomy, and InfoTrac)

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-03-23
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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With this newly revised 8th edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Mike Seeds' goal is to help students use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and guides students to these fundamental questions: "What are we?" and "How do we know?" In discussing the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, Seeds provides not just facts, but a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. The book vividly conveys his love of astronomy, and illustrates how students can comprehend their place in the universe by grasping a small set of physical laws. Crafting a story about astronomy, Mike shows students how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. Mathematics is incorporated into the text (and in separate sections for easy reference), but the book's arguments do not depend on mathematical reasoning, keeping even math-averse students engaged. The revision addresses new developments in astrophysics and cosmology, plus the latest discoveries, from Mars' buried water to proto-galaxies at the limits of the observable universe. This edition is now fully integrated with a FREE, brand-new student tutorial system. AceAstronomy is Web-based, assessment-driven, contains book-specific activities, and is completely flexible, creating a personalized learning plan based on quiz results to help each student focus on key concepts to be mastered. This superior system gives students fun, interactive learning opportunities and a greater chance for success.

Table of Contents

The Scale of the Cosmosp. 1
The Skyp. 17
The Earth and Skyp. 18
Lunar Phases, Tides, and Eclipsesp. 41
The Origin of Modern Astronomyp. 65
Newton, Einstein, and Gravityp. 91
Light and Telescopesp. 113
The Starsp. 139
Starlight and Atomsp. 140
The Sun - Our Starp. 163
Measuring Starsp. 185
Binary Starsp. 207
The Formation of Starsp. 225
Stellar Evolutionp. 253
The Deaths of Starsp. 277
Neutron Stars and Black Holesp. 299
The Universep. 323
The Milky Wayp. 324
Galaxiesp. 349
Peculiar Galaxiesp. 373
Cosmologyp. 397
The Solar Systemp. 421
The Origin of the Solar Systemp. 422
Planet Earthp. 443
The Moon and Mercury: Airless Worldsp. 459
Venus and Marsp. 485
Jupiter and Saturnp. 513
Uranus, Neptune, and Plutop. 545
Meteorites, Asteroids, and Cometsp. 573
Lifep. 605
Life on Other Worldsp. 606
Afterwordp. 627
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